Victim Services

If you are a crime victim, we can help. The Mount Sinai Beth Israel Victim Services Program, under the auspices of the Department of Social Work, is a comprehensive program dedicated to assisting victims of crime. This includes victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, physical assault, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and incest.

We offer a range of services to a culturally diverse population of survivors and clients at various stages of recovery, from the immediate crises following a trauma, to the next day, week, or even years later. Our services include:

  • Individual short-term psychotherapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Information, referrals, and advocacy

If you have been recently assaulted, you may come into the Emergency Department (ED) located at First Avenue at 16th Street. We offer the following services:

  • Performing Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations (SAFE), including evidence collection
  • Having an advocate/social worker present
  • Taking photos of any injuries
  • Providing a medical exam and treatment for potential HIV exposure, sexually transmitted infections, and the morning after pill
  • Offering a drug-facilitated Sexual Assault evidence collection (DFSA) kit
  • Assisting with contacting the New York Police Department (NYPD) to make a police report

Frequently Asked Questions

If you come to the ED due to an assault, we are here to help. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions to help you prepare for your ED visit:

Question: What type of medical treatment will I be offered in the ED?
Answer: In cases of domestic violence/ intimate partner violence, we offer a medical exam, including any medically indicated X-rays or other diagnostic tests. In the case of a recent sexual assault, we offer a medical exam and a Forensic Rape Exam by a trained Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner. Should you wish to file a police report while in the ED, we will arrange to have the evidence collected from the rape exam released to the police, with your consent. We can do this at the time of the exam, or we can hold it securely, should you decide to make a report in the future. We will offer you various types of preventive medications, such as Plan B, STI medications, and HIV prophylaxis.

Question: What is the role of the social worker or advocate?
Answer: Social workers and volunteer advocates offer support, make referrals, and provide advocacy with ED staff, NYPD, and family members and friends.

Question: How long will my visit in the ED take?
Answer: It is difficult to estimate the length of time you may be in the Emergency Room. Generally, your visit can take anywhere between three to eight hours.

Question: Will I be billed for my visit?
Answer: No. The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) covers the cost of a rape exam following a sexual assault. Please contact Victim Services if you have any financial concerns.

Helpful Resources

Need Help Now? If you are in an unsafe situation, you may go to your nearest emergency room or call 911. If you would like to talk to a counselor or need information about emergency shelter, call 800-621-HOPE (4673) to be connected with Safe Horizons 24/7 Hotline. A counselor can provide crisis counseling, safety planning, and assistance in finding a shelter.

For information on New York State’s program that may provide financial reimbursement to crime victims, visit New York State Office of Victim Services.

Sexual Violence Resources

The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Resources

Shelter and case management

Legal Assistance, Crisis Counseling, and Case Management

Additional Community Based Agencies Serving Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence