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Since 1977, The Crime Victims Treatment Center has been helping survivors of interpersonal violence heal. Our support comes in the forms of crisis intervention, individual and group trauma-focused therapy, legal advocacy, complementary therapy and psychiatric consultation. We are available from the moments following an assault, all the way through the culmination of a survivor's healing process. All of our services are confidential and completely free of charge.
“I have joy and hope in my life now that I never even thought I deserved.”
Shar | CVTC client
CVTC is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people heal from violent crime.
We respect that healing comes in many forms and recognize the importance of a holistic approach. CVTC provides a wide range of therapeutic services free of charge to anyone impacted by violence. We are dedicated to advocacy on behalf of survivors, collaboration with partners across a multitude of disciplines, and training for those who work with survivors. We are committed to changing cultural norms around violence and promoting social justice through progressive legislation and community mobilization.
In the middle of a bright summer day in 1977 a violent rape occurred on the campus of Columbia University in Morningside Heights. Witnesses called an ambulance, which took the young woman to the Emergency Department of St. Luke’s Hospital. When she got there, the medical staff was at a loss; her physical injuries were manageable, but psychologically she was devastated. The doctors transferred her to the Psychiatric Emergency Department, not knowing what else to do. Soon after her medical treatment was completed, she was discharged. She left Columbia, and was never heard from again.
The community was outraged.
Within a day, an Emergency Department social worker, an ED administrator, a doctor, and several members of the Upper West Side community sat down to address the neighborhood crisis. A steering committee was formed, protocols were developed, and a promise was made that never again would a survivor of sexual assault be treated that way at St. Luke’s Hospital.
The Crime Victims Treatment Center was born.