Services to Aid Families (SAF) provides free and confidential services to anyone affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, or any other innocent victim of crime.

On Campus
SAF Victim Advocate are available on campus. Anyone can stop by the advocate office to ask questions, explore options, and access any of SAF’s services confidentially. There is no need to check-in at the front desk. If you need assistance ask an employee to direct you to the advocate’s office.

SAF Advocate Office
125 Mary Walker Health Center

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri
8:30am to 4:30pm with flexibility
Walk-in approved. To assure an advocate is present, schedule an appointment by calling the Crisis Hotline at (315) 342-1600 or x7777 from any campus phone.

On campus advocates can provide the following:

  • Accompaniment to Title IX Coordinator’s Office

  • Accompaniment during reporting to Title IX or law enforcement

  • Advocacy to professors or other campus personnel

  • Emotional support and crisis counseling

  • Accompaniment and advocacy throughout Student Conduct process

Sexual Assault Response
SAF’s Rape Crisis Counselors are available 24/7 to assist victims/survivors of sexual assault.

  • 24-hour accompaniment to Oswego Hospital for emotional support and advocacy during medical treatment and/or evidence collection

  • 24-hour accompaniment to law enforcement agencies to report sexual assault crimes

Advocacy/Case Management and other services
Victim Advocates assist victims/survivors through the civil and criminal justice system to ensure that victims understand their options and rights.

  • Accompaniment and advocacy to law enforcement, District Attorney’s office, and criminal and civil courts

  • Support and assistance through criminal and civil court proceedings

  • Assistance in obtaining criminal and civil Orders of Protection

  • Assistance with Order of Custody petitions

  • Assistance with Victim Impact Statements

  • Transportation within Oswego County to related appointments/services

  • Information and referral to agencies in the community

  • One on one supportive counseling

  • Support Groups

  • Therapy

Residential Services

  • The SAF shelter can provide temporary confidential housing to individuals and families who are fleeing abuse.

  • The Transitional Housing program supports long-term housing stability and case management for those who have already left an abusive relationship.

Prevention Education Services
SAF’s educators can provide various trainings and awareness activities to help prevent violence and increase community support. Educators are available to present to students, faculty and staff, student organizations, in classrooms, and more. Professional trainings are also available on various topics. Call the hotline to speak with a SAF educator about your organization’s needs.

Crime Victim Compensation

  • The New York State Office of Victim Services provides financial compensation to innocent victims of crime. SAF Advocates provide assistance with the crime victim compensation application, along with follow up and advocacy services throughout the process.

  • Some examples of costs eligible for reimbursement include medical costs, funeral expenses, lost wages, counseling costs, court and medical transportation costs, domestic violence shelter costs, and loss of essential personal property.

For more information about SAF’s role on campus, contact Lisa Evaneski Title IX Coordinator lisa.evaneski@oswego.edu.