Office(419) 281-3716  Hours: M, W, F 7a-5p; T & Th: 7a-8p (limited services)-Please call ahead
24 Hour Crisis: (419) 289-6111   Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741
Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence: (419) 289-8085

Rape Crisis Services

Safe Haven Rape Crisis 419-289-8085

Supporting Ashland County residents in the prevention, intervention, support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and rape crisis.

Get help now

The Safe Haven Rape Crisis Center is here to help you come out from under the weight of a sexual assault or rape. Our resources are free and confidential. If you’ve been assaulted, you don’t have to go it alone. Call our 24-hour crisis hotline at 419-419-289-8085 OR 800-656-HOPE (4673).

If your assault was recent, get in touch with an advocate via Safe Haven’s hotline to address the appropriate next-steps. One of our advocates will help walk you through this confusing, emotional time, which can include getting access to medical treatment, filing charges and collecting evidence, and using our counseling services.

If you’re still dealing with the aftereffects of a sexual assault from years past, Safe Haven’s crisis advocates are still here to help. We can recommend treatment options on behalf of your health care provider or free health clinic, and discuss your options for getting emotional support and taking legal action against your assailant.

When your friend needs help

If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, dealing with that information can be overwhelming. Here’s the best way to help a friend deal with a rape crisis:

Listen. Your friend may or not be ready to talk. What you can do is be ready to listen. Don’t give advice or think you have to have a solution. Often, survivors of a rape just need a trusted, caring ear to hear them out.

Offer trust. Often, rape victims are dealing with a gamut of emotions, and aren’t sure that anyone will even believe their story. Support your friend by trusting that his or her story is true. Avoid asking questions or making comments that might appear to be doubtful.

Inform. When the time comes, present some options to your friend for dealing with the sexual assault, but let your friend make the decisions. Your role is to be the supporter.

The supportive Safe Haven community

Whether you know a friend who’s a victim, or you’re figuring out what to do after a being sexually assaulted, the caring staff at Safe Haven is here to help. Call our 24-hour hotline for more information, medical and legal assistance, and access to understanding counselors and support groups.

Contact info:

Safe Haven Office: 419-282-6097

Safe Haven 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 419-289-8085 OR 800-656-HOPE (4673)

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