Survivors are encouraged to call our Sexual Assault Hotline for immediate assistance. Our advocates will connect survivors with resources and information to aid them in coping with the aftereffects of the assault or abuse.
Crisis Intervention and Advocacy are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at our office located at 1010 Waugh Drive Houston, TX 77019.
Our dedicated advocates report directly to area hospitals to help survivors understand what has happened to them, what to expect physically and psychologically after the assault, advocate on their behalf with medical and law enforcement professionals and connect them to critical resources available to them within their communities.
Accompaniment to hospitals, laws enforcement offices, prosecutors’ offices and court is also provided to adult survivors of stranger and non-stranger sexual assault.
Individual/group counseling and support services for survivors who are impacted by sexual violence are available. Community-based counseling and advocacy services provided for individuals with disabilities. Services are provided in English and Spanish, but all languages can be accommodated.
The Houston Area Women’s Center is committed to working with our communities to build greater understanding of the issues of domestic and sexual violence. Each year, our staff train and educate thousands of medical, law enforcement, mental health and legal professionals, youth, university students and administrators, educators, faith-based leaders, community leaders, volunteers and advocates.
For more information, learn more about our Violence Prevention and Community Education program.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that was passed in 2003 to address sexual violence against residents in detention facilities. PREA requires detention facilities at the federal, state and local level to establish a zero tolerance against sexual abuse and sexual harassment of incarcerated persons of any age. In 2012, detailed guidelines on the prevention, detention, and response of sexual abuse were put in place as a set of standards to be used by facilities. Under PREA, detention facilities are to partner with local organizations serving sexual assault survivors to provide advocacy, crisis counseling, intervention services and other resources to incarcerated sexual assault survivors. The Houston Area Women’s Center offers PREA supported services to incarcerated survivors including hotline access, individual and group counseling, and training for detention center staff to support existing survivors and respond in a trauma-informed manner that reflects respect and a safe environment.