About SAHC

Victim Services

Victim services include:

  • Crisis intervention (phone and person to person)

  • Information referrals (legal, medical, psychological, police and protection services)

  • Victim’s compensation filing

  • Case consultation with other service providers

  • Follow-up advocacy for primary and secondary victims

  • Supportive counseling

  • Support groups

The Sexual Assault Help Center is unique in that it provides services for primary and secondary victims. These specific information services are not duplicated in our service area. They are greatly needed, recognized, and utilized as there is  no other rape crisis center in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. For the future and health of all we will continue to respond to these growing needs related to sexual violence in a supportive and proactive manner in the Ohio Valley community.


The Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center (SAHC) is a private, non-profit rape crisis center providing services to victims of sexual violence. The Sexual Assault Help Center has been providing services since 1978 and covers an official WV five-county area in Ohio County, Marshall Country, Brooke County, Wetzel County and Hancock County.

The Sexual Assault Help Center is currently in its 39th year of providing services to victims of sexual assault/violence. What began as a one-person agency has evolved into a paid professional staff and a group of volunteers who are dedicated, trained, and qualified. These individuals provide a 24 hour a day, 365-days a year crisis toll-free victim hotline.

All policies and procedures for the Center are set and reviewed periodically by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of advocates, community members, and other professionals who care about the effects of sexual violence.

Mission Statement

The Mission Statement of the SAHC reads:

The Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center (SAHC) believes that the crimes of sexual assault and sexual abuse are a public policy issue, touching all aspects of a victim's life, the lives of her /his family members and the community-at-large. It is the commitment of the Sexual Assault Help Center to provide support and community education in order to empower the victim/survivor to achieve a healthy resolution and to decrease these crimes.

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