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Victim Advocacy in Correctional Facilities (WV Only)

SAHC is working to provide local rape crisis advocacy to incarcerated victims and survivors in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. No one deserves to be sexually abused. Inmates have a right to be safe while serving their time. Rape is not a part of the penalty.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act:

  • A federal law passed in 2003 that was designed to eliminate rape in detention.

  • The law applies to every jail, prison, police lockup, juvenile facility, and community confinement facility in the country.

  • It stipulates that every detention facility have a zero tolerance policy toward sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

  • It mandates many best practices to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment. 

How SAHC Can Respond:

  • Can serve all correction facilities in our 5 county jurisdiction:

    • Northern Regional Jail

    • Northern Correctional Facility​​​​

    • Ohio County Correctional Center and Jail

    • Ronald Mulholland Juvenile Center

  • Can provide confidential support to inmates through the direct, safe, and confidential hotline (located in the facility), as well as visits to the center.

  • Advocates can work with family members whose loved ones has been assaulted behind bars.

  • Each jail and prison has its own procedures to contact the rape crisis center.

If you are in the community and are concerned about an incarcerated loved one’s safety in prison, call SAHC’s hotline at

1-800-884-7242 or the main office at 304-234-1783


For additional resources and information for victims and family members, contact Just Detention International

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