This service provides immediate support and information to individuals. The hotline allows the caller to speak confidentially without ever having to divulge his or her name. Community resources that are crucial to the overall healing process are provided as needed.
The hotline is available to any survivor of sexual violence regardless of age, sex or race. It does not matter how much time has passed since the assault. We also encourage family, friends and other supporters of a survivor to call for support.
Hospital Advocates are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to support survivors and their families/friends during medical examinations and evidence collection processes. Medical personnel at the emergency room will usually offer to contact an advocate from COMPASS on a survivor’s behalf. If that option is not presented, the survivor may also request one by calling the COMPASS hotline at 330-339-1427 or toll free at 1-888-356-4644 (Tuscarawas/Carroll Counties) or 330-452-1111 (Stark County).
A Hospital Advocate will be with you at the hospital to offer you emotional support and make sure you know what your rights are. Advocates can also offer information and resources to the survivor and family/friends. Be assured that an advocate will not release any information about you or your situation to anyone without your consent. The role of the advocate is to support the survivor, not act as medical or legal personnel.
To request an advocate, please submit the form below and one of our staff will be in contact with you as soon as possible.
Too often, survivors feel victimized both by the perpetrator and the legal system. Advocates work with survivors of sexual violence to provide personal support during hospital examinations, police investigations, court proceedings and follow-up. Advocates can help by providing support, knowledge, and access to resources.
An Advocate will:
Advocate will NOT:
If you are a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking, you may qualify for a Civil Protection Order. An advocate is available to explain the process and provide support to you during the court process.