We are very excited to share that Victim Assistance Program has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Plain Dealer!

How are organizations chosen?

The list of organizations is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage , LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

The award is a great tribute to the entire staff of Victim Assistance Program. “We couldn’t do this alone,” said Leanne Graham, President & CEO. “It really takes our staff – who are supportive of one another, caring of one another – and have the same passion about the work that we do, both in direct service and administration. Thank you, staff, for giving us this award. It is all about you!”

Our employees do incredible work in Summit County. The team provides 24-hour crisis intervention to both individuals and groups and responds on-scene to help alleviate victims' emotional concerns and questions. Advocates educate and empower victims through the Summit County justice system and provide victims with resources to help with their physical, emotional, and financial well-being. In addition, through the Summit Victim Assistance Academy, VAP’s expert training team provides best practice education to the community and to the professionals who serve victims of crime and trauma throughout the state of Ohio.

We are excited and honored by this award and are so appreciative of the employees who made this possible!
Our advocates are still providing 24/7 crisis intervention and advocacy services to our community.
As we continue to navigate the current landscape caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to monitor all information available to us in order to best serve our clients, while also keeping the safety of our clients and staff in mind. As a result, our walk-in services remain suspended until further notice. We will keep you up to date on our plans to reopen, when that time comes.

Until then, if you or someone you know is a victim of a crime or trauma, we are still here for you. Our advocates can be reached via:

24 hour hotline

24 hour text messaging

24 hour online chat

Additionally, as the only agency providing on scene response to Summit County victims of crime and trauma, we have and will continue to provide in person services upon request from local law enforcement, Summit County emergency management agency, EMS, and/or fire officials.
The Essentials of Victim Advocacy
Virtual Classroom
August 24 - 28, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)

Join us online for this session of The Essentials of Victim Advocacy! We are please to share that we've developed a 100% digital curriculum to ensure the safety of our training team and our class participants, complete with a virtual classroom and recorded sessions.

Each student will receive an Essentials Student Home Care Box, equipped with everything you will need for the week!

Even though we've gone completely virtual, the same expert training team will teach you the tools needed to provide crisis intervention to individuals who have experienced trauma.

Enhance your skills with group practice role-play sessions with trained coaches. You will receive individual coaching and feedback to ensure that you are comfortable translating the knowledge learned during this session into practical applications!

Note: Participants are encouraged to register prior to  August 17th  to ensure that the Essentials Student Home Care Box arrives prior to the first day of the session.
Did you know that, in addition to going digital for this next session of The Essentials, our Summit Victim Assistance Academy has created a brand new YouTube Channel? This new channel is a place for professionals to enhance their knowledge about supporting victims of crime and trauma while working remotely. As victim service agencies are adapting to social distancing, so are we. Our Summit Victim Assistance Academy in-class trainings have been paused….but that isn’t stopping us! Now more than ever we need to help others adjust their skills and administrative practices to ensure victims are receiving the best care possible.
Our Academy and expert training staff stand apart from other training institutes. Please subscribe to stay abreast of our weekly uploaded videos, presented by actual staff who continue to provide direct service 24/7/365 during these trying times. If you have a suggestion about a training topic, send us a message and we’ll see what we can do.

Independence Day (Recognized)
July 3, 2020

Our hotline is always open!

Give us a call at 330.376.0040 to speak with an advocate.