If you, a friend, or loved one have experienced an assault, experiences of bias, crime, discrimination, harassment, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault or stalking, the victim/survivor has rights and options. OVA can discuss reporting options and what to expect in a process to assist the survivor in making an informed decision that they decide is best for them. OVA is not the office that investigates or adjudicates cases. OVA's victim advocate counselors are confidential staff who are informed about the different reproting options and are a resource to help survivors explore their options. For more details on confidentiality please visit the About OVA's page, confidentiality section.
Experiencing a traumatic event may lead to distress and disruption. People may go through a wide range of common responses after these events. There is no one way to respond to trauma and impact can vary from person to person. OVA can help you learn more about the range of common trauma responses.