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Delaware County Women Against Rape will furthermore operate as the Delaware County Victim Assistance Center. Our hope is that our variety of services and offerings will be better represented by this exciting change, and that it will allow us to serve even more individuals in Delaware County.
The decision to rebrand our organization stems from a great deal of in-depth research and conversations with community members, members of our board, survivors and external focus groups. While “Delaware County Women Against Rape” was effective upon our founding in 1974, we feel that our new identity, “Delaware County Victim Assistance Center,” strongly represents our current services and scope of work in a more effective way today. We are confident that this change will not only help others to recognize the many options available to them through our agency, but will also allow us to further grow our education efforts, community partnerships and victim advocacy endeavors.
While we will be serving under a new title moving forward, please rest assured that our mission remains the same. Every day, we will continue our vision of being a model victim service organization, striving for excellence in all efforts, collaborating to inclusively service the community to be free of sexual assault and victimization through education, social justice, healing and empowerment.
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Delaware County Victim Assistance Center addresses the effects of trauma on the community and on the individual. We empower and give voice to those who have experienced trauma through sexual assault and other serious crimes. We promote healing and justice by providing accompaniment and advocacy, and we strive to prevent sexual violence through education and awareness.
A model victims services organization, striving for excellence in all efforts, collaborating to inclusively serve the community to be free of sexual assault and other victimization, through education, social justice, healing, and empowerment.
These values are the standards to which we hold ourselves accountable in every aspect of our work and relationships — both internally and externally, with individuals, groups, and organizations.
Treating clients and colleagues in a way that shows that they matter and are valued
Being aware of and sensitive to the experiences and emotions of our clients and community members, without judgement
Giving clients a voice and opportunity to make their own decisions; ensuring staff have input into their work community and own professional development
Showing our commitment to work and clients by keeping our word and following through
A commitment to providing comprehensive services, while advancing the standards of client care