To facilitate healing for victims of sexual assault and their families through on-going crisis intervention services; to promote community awareness of the Center's services; to educate our students and community about the nature of sexual assault; and, to foster strong partnerships with all agencies involved in dealing with sexual assault.
- 24-Hour Crisis Hotline/Helpline
- 24-Hour Hospital Accompaniment
- On-Site Exams at the Sexual Assault Center
- One-on-One Crisis Intervention
- Support Group/Counseling Referrals
- Criminal Justice Advocacy
- Information and Referral
- Court Accompaniment
In 1992, a task force called Rome Rape Response was formed to meet a recognized community need for services for survivors of sexual assault. The task force recruited and trained a group of volunteers to assist in answering a twenty-four hour crisis line operated by The Hospitality House, a center for battered women. However, without any funding for a full-time coordinator it was very challenging to schedule and supervise volunteers. After one year the efforts of this group diminished to only a few volunteers who continued to respond to crisis calls to the best of their abilities.
In 1995, a The Women's Information Network, a six-year old local non-profit organization dedicated to providing healthcare information for women, wrote a grant to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and received funding in August of 1996. This money allowed for the re-establishment of sexual assault services with a part-time director, under the new name Rape Response of Rome (RRR). In February of 1997, RRR received additional grant funding from the Department of Human Resources, providing for a full-time director to coordinate the program.
In 1998, the agency separated from The Women's Information Network to become an independent, non-profit agency, and changed its name to The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. This name better reflected the surrounding counties that SAC NW GA served, including Polk, Floyd, Gordon and Chattooga counties.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program was also started in 1998, with two nurses attending the week long state training in forensic evidence collection, clinical issues relating to sexual assault and the criminal justice system. Both of these nurses are still with us today and one is nationally certified by the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
In 2008, the SAC opened an office in Ft. Oglethorpe that would serve Walker, Catoosa and Dade Counties. In 2012, the Ft. Oglethorpe office became an independent, non-profit agency and changed its name to The Sexual Assault Victim's Advocacy Center (SAVAC).
Since then, SAVAC has maintained each of it's funding sources and has a very active community Board of Directors. SAVAC also relies heavily on volunteers to assist in answering crisis hotline calls, accompaniment cases, fundraising events, and community outreach. The future work of The Sexual Assault Advocacy Center will continue to be providing supportive services for survivors of sexual assault, stalking, teen dating violence and human trafficking.
NOTE: In 2014, our website was initiated. SAVAC.com was not available and we opted to use Center4SAVA as our electronic identifier.