Harassment we are sorry this happened to you; we’re here to help Have you been unable to resolve a problem with someone? Is someone contacting you after you have asked them to stop? Harassment also includes written communication, online social media forums, voicemail messages and text messages. Harassment can be emotionally draining and it should not be taken lightly as it can escalate to physical harm and threats. If you are being harassed, there are avenues you can take to help you. In addition to a safety plan, documenting the harassment will identify a pattern of conduct which will help if you choose to request assistance from law enforcement or the courts. normal reactions to trauma and physical assaults If you are being harassed, it is normal for you to experience a wide range of emotions. It is common to be fearful and feel vulnerable or anxious. You may also experience anger, confusion, and frustration. Victim Assistance Program advocates are specially trained to help you navigate through these emotions and educate you and your family on how to overcome these often life-altering events. This was NOT your fault. Victim Assistance Program advocates are specially trained to help you navigate towards a safe adn peaceful life. we would like to stand by your side Victim Assistance Program may be able to provide you with information and resources to help break through these barriers with the hopes of providing you with strength and empowerment to navigate through what may be the worst experience of your life. Our advocates can be with you in the hospital, help you coordinate with the police, accompany you to court, help you apply for a protection order, discuss financial compensation, assist in applying for the VINE offender notification system, connect you with community resources, provide you with an emergency cell phone, help you create a safety plan, and provide crisis intervention and trauma therapy. Victim Assistance Program helps all individuals regardless of their age, sex, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to speak English. Please know you don’t have to go through this alone, we are here to help. All you need to do is call, we never charge a fee for services. something to think about; protection orders Victims of harassment have the right to petition (apply) the court for a civil order of protection or an anti-stalking order of protection against an individual who has or is threatening to cause harm to you or your children. Between the hours of 8a-4p, M-F, you may appear before a magistrate to request an emergency protection order. If granted, the respondent will be ordered not to contact or communicate with you in any way until a full hearing. During the full hearing, both you and the respondent must appear to discuss why the order should remain in place for up to five years. As this can be an intimidating process, our advocates can walk you through every step of the way.