Violence Intervention & Prevention Services

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Wise Options

YWCA Northcentral PA’s Wise Options Program has offered Lycoming County and surrounding communities comprehensive crisis and counseling services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including a crisis hotline, emergency shelter,  individual and group counseling and medical and court accompaniments since 1977. Services are available to victims and non-offending family members of all ages and genders. All services are free and confidential.

A staggering one in three women and one in four men have been victims of physical violence an by an intimate partner in their lifetime and nearly one in five women and one in seventy-one men have reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking, call the YWCA’s 24-hour crisis hotline: 1-800-326-8483 

Click here to learn more about our Survivor Services

What is Domestic Violence?

  • Physical abuse: throwing objects, hitting, using weapons, etc.
  • Verbal or emotional abuse: criticism, name calling, withholding affection, etc.
  • Sexual abuse: rape, unwanted touching or sexual practices, incest, child molestation, etc.
  • Economic abuse: withholding or lying about assets, preventing access to employment, etc.
  • Psychological: intimidation, threating, harassment, isolation from friends, etc.

What is Sexual Assault?

  • One of the most dramatically underreported crimes in the United States with two-thirds of attacks not reported
  • Crime of power and control; anyone can be victim of sexual assault no matter age, gender, ethnicity, or economic class
  • Forcing sexual contact through physical or psychological means
  • Tricking or coercing one to expose body parts
  • Presenting pornographic materials to minors
  • Fondling, rape, incest
  • Child sexual molestation
  • Sexual harassment

What is Human Trafficking?

  • Modern day slavery industry that generates more than $32 billion a year
  • Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to control victims and use them for labor or servitude
  • Occurs in restaurants, hotels/motels, farms, factories, homes, strip clubs, brothels, etc.
  • Victims can be from other countries (international victims) or from the United States (domestic victims)
  • Forms of human trafficking include: labor trafficking, organ trafficking, and/or sex trafficking

What are the YWCA Northcentral PA’s Prevention & Education Services?

  • Free, age-appropriate workshops provided to schools, youth groups, colleges, community groups, medical offices and professional organizations and businesses.
    • Topics include: dating violence, date rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, body rights, statutory rape, violence prevention, conflict resolution, anger management and personal safety.
For more information on our Prevention & Education Services,  please contact Jennifer Swanson, Prevention Educator, at (570) 322-46 37 ext. 112 or jswanson@ywcawilliamsport.org

What are the Direct Service Volunteer requirements?

  • Individuals interested in volunteering with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault are required to complete an 80-hour victim advocate training
  • Opportunities to volunteer include: staffing the crisis hotline, facilitating support groups, assisting staff in our emergency shelter, and assisting with clerical duties
  • Interested individuals must be at least 18 years of age, interested in working with victims, available evenings and weekends, be willing to obtain background clearances, and complete combined classroom and online training, as well as a field practicum
For more information, please contact Heather Reeder, Direct Services Supervisor, at (570) 322-4637 ext. 130 or hreeder@ywcawilliamsport.org

Wise Options is devoted to empowering victims and survivors impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes; redefining the rights of the oppressed; educating communities; and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Wise Options is a proud Program Partner of the Lycoming County United Way.

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