Victim Services

The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in Dutchess County is a multidisciplinary team of individuals working to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed response to sexual violence in our community. Our current goals focus on: implementing trauma-informed training to all of our partners; creating awareness in the community about sexual violence and resources available; and developing a county-wide, victim-centered, trauma-informed protocol for responding to sexual violence.


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SART Implementation and Collabrative Process

Testing the Efficacy of SANE and SART Programs

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Specializing in domestic violence, sexual assault, and crime victim services



Rape crisis & crime victims  >>  (845) 452-7272

Domestic violence  >>  (845) 485-5550



The Family Services’ Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS) provides assistance to individuals and families through a variety of direct services and collaborative community responses for victims and secondary victims of:


- Domestic/Dating Violence

- Sexual Assault/Abuse

- Other crimes, including – but not limited to – stalking, homicide, robbery, elder abuse, and human trafficking



What we do…



24-hour assistance to victims of violence, including safety planning and accompaniment to medical (including sexual assault exams), court, housing, legal, and social services, as well as assistance with filing compensation claims with the NYS Office of Victim Services.



Educational and therapeutic counseling to victims and secondary victims of violence and crime. Services are provided in individual sessions and/or support groups.


Children Services

Individual therapy, therapeutic play, and direct services for children and adolescents who are victims or secondary victims of violence and crime.


Community Outreach/Volunteer and Student Intern Program

Opportunities for education of community members, volunteers, and field placement for students. Volunteers must be certified through an approved NYS Department of Health 40-hour training program for certification as Rape Crisis Counselors.


All services provided at the Center for Victim Safety and Support are: 

• Accessible 
• Confidential

We serve people of all racial/cultural backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations (lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual), gender identities (men, women, and transgender people), abilities, citizenship status and ages. Services are also available in Spanish.


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For non-emergency scheduling call us at (845) 452-1110, ext. 3083

TTY: (845) 790-5919

Fax: (845) 452-7298



Conveniently located at the Family Partnership Center

29 North Hamilton Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601




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This program is partially funded by:

The County of Dutchess

New York State Office of Victim Services

New York State Department of Health

New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services

New York State Office of Children and Family Services







Family Services has been implementing Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) with Marist College students since 2010 with funding from the NYS Department of Health designated to provide interpersonal primary prevention programming. In 2011, Family Services expanded the MVP program with funding from the US Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women, which included the production of public service announcements illustrating the effectiveness of bystander intervention in preventing sexual violence. In 2013 we received United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region funding as part of a collaborative project with Grace Smith House in Dutchess County and Orange County Safe Homes in Orange County. In Dutchess County, Family Services was designated as the agency providing MVP to college students. This funding enabled Family Services to expand our MVP program to Vassar College and Dutchess Community College, as well as to offer the MVP Train the Trainer training to 24 individuals affiliated with our program and with our collaborative partners.


In 2014 we received additional funding from NYS Department of Health and Health Research, Inc. for a regional Sexual Violence Prevention project.  FSI is collaborating with Westchester Community Opportunities Program/Victim Assistance Services (WestCOP) and Mental Health Association/Rape Crisis (MHA) in Orange County. This partnership has allowed FSI and our regional partners to expand sexual violence prevention programing to reach students in two schools and four colleges in the three-county region, with MHA providing the Safe Dates program in high schools in Orange and FSI and WestCOP providing  Mentors in Violence Prevention bystander intervention programs in colleges in our respective counties.  We currently are in the process of implementing a regional social norming campaign using photography and story telling which allows both participating youth and community members to tell their stories in a way that is meaningful to them.


A Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Toolkit

Mentors in Violence Prevention

 – Who are you?

 – After the Party – Steubenville News Story


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