ASSIST is a non-profit program at Johnson Memorial Health that provides services for people (age 5 and over) affected by sexual, domestic and physical violence at any point in their life.
A team of social workers, victim advocates and medical professionals have united to help survivors and their families and loved ones to help them health physically and mentally from their experience. The program is funded by a grant that is partnered with the Johnson Memorial Health Foundation.
Clients can participate in services when they want and can withdraw at any time.
The program provides wrap-around care for survivors of violence. The medical component of treating the wounds stemming from assault is combined with social workers and advocates who can care for them emotionally in the short- and long-term.
The team works with nurses on forensic medical exams to gather evidence about the assault or violent act. If someone comes into the emergency room, a social worker is provided to sit and comfort the survivor while their medical needs are treated.
Afterwards, team members provide counseling and crisis intervention, helping survivors deal with the fear, anger and other emotions stemming from an assault.
The ASSIST team also ensures that the survivor is safe and will not be returning to a situation where they are at risk.
Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. In case of a crisis or emergency, please call 911 immediately.