The Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Inc. was established in 1973 as the Erie County Rape Crisis Center, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting sexual assault victims and their families and friends. In 1986, Victim Witness Services was established for victims of other violent crimes, their families and friends, and also to serve the witnesses to violent crimes.
Equine Assisted Healing for Trauma and Sexual Abuse Survivors is making “Strides” at Hope on Horseback with clients and staff from Crime Victim Center of Erie County. This program has been made possible by a competitive VOCA grant through the PCCD (Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency).
Equine therapy helps traumatized clients regain confidence in their bodies and learn to relax and trust again as they work with horses. In this initial phase of the program, participants do not ride the horses.
TPYG is a 12 week psychoeducation and psychotherapy group to treat symptoms resulting from interpersonal trauma. This model incorporates guided meditation, education about mental health and services, group process (the behaviors of members of small, working groups) and yoga for a completely unique and effective healing experience.