Community Resources

Community Resources

The Williamsburg community and surrounding area has resources available to assist survivors. Remember, you are not alone.

Avalon: A Center for Women and Children
24 Hour Helpline: 757-258-5015
Main Office: 757-258-5022   TTY: 757-634-3447
Avalon's mission is to provide shelter and support for those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault in the Greater Williamsburg area.  By offering tools for safety, self-sufficiency, and empowerment Avalon works to break the cycle of abuse and helps create a positive future.

Center for Sexual Assault Survivors (located in Newport News)
24 Hour Helpline: 757-236-5620
Main Office: 757-599-9844
718 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Suite B. Newport News, VA 23601
The Center's mission is to provide support, treatment and advocacy for anyone affected by sexual or domestic violence.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund/Virginia Victims Fund
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund is now operating under the name Virginia Victims Fund.  The Virginia Victims Fund can provide financial support to defray certain costs that may be incurred by victims of crime.  The Commonwealth of Virginia is required by law to pay for costs associated with the collection of evidence through a medical forensic examination. The SAFE Payment Program (pdf) processes payment for sexual assault forensic exams.  The Virginia Victims Fund may also pay medical and counseling expenses not covered by the victim's insurance.

Department of Criminal Justice Services
24 Hours Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-838-8238 (V/TTY)

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) develops, coordinates, and funds victim/witness programs, sexual assault crisis centers, and programs that combat violence against women. DCJS offers guidance on protective orders (pdf).

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

100 Sentara Circle, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Sentara's ER is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for medical care.  Sentara Wiliamsburg can provide Physical Evidence Recovery (PERK) services.   Note that you may be referred to Riverside hospital in Newport News for PERK services if the nurse is unavailable at Sentara.

Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601
Riverside's ER is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for medical care.  Riverside can provide Physical Evidence Recovery (PERK) services.

Riverside Doctors' Hospital
1500 Commonwealth Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Riverside's ER is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for medical care.  Please note this Riverside location does not provide PERK services. 

You may be worried about going to the hospital for medical care for injuries, for a PERK (physical evidence recovery kit), for STI or pregnancy testing/treatment.  You may be worried that the hospital visit will result in your parents receiving an Explanation of Benefits, indicating that you were treated for sexual assault-related issues.  And you may not be ready for your parents to know.  You have options. 

You do not need to give the hospital any information about your health insurance.  You are a crime victim and they will treat you without insurance.  If you get a PERK, the hospital will file with the state for reimbursement for the costs of the PERK.