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Local + National Statistics

HOPE Works Services Statistics; July 1, 2016 -June 30, 2017


H.O.P.E. Works provided comprehensive victim services to 977 survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones July 2016 to June 2017.  H.O.P.E. Works served 649 Vermonters who experience sexual assault and abuse directly; assisted 231 children who were exposed to this violence; and supported another 97 loved ones of survivors (family, friends, intimate partners, and roommates.)

H.O.P.E. Works responded to 3,353 hotline and online hotline calls during the year, and an additional 922 in-person call-outs—providing support and assistance to survivors at the hospital, police stations, courthouse, and at other service organizations. On any given -- average -- day (including weekend days) we provided services to 12 survivors. We received first-contact from a new client every 9 hours (throughout day and night hours). A new victim of stalking reached out to us for services every 4 days. Eleven new survivors of rape reached out to us every week. Twenty-one survivors of sex trafficking contacted us in a year.

Q: What does a Vermont victim of sexual violence look like?

Of the survivors we served…

  • 56% were youth (newborn to twenty-four years old); and
  • 1% were over the age of 60.
  • 85% were women;
  • 13% were men; and
  • 2% were transgender youth and adults.

Q: With which crimes did H.O.P.E. Works support Vermonters?

Of the survivors who reached out for services…

  • 76% had survived a sexual assault;
  • 14% had experienced sexual abuse other than rape;
  • 13% had experienced child sexual abuse;
  • 11% had been stalked;
  • 8% had experienced sexual harassment in school or in workforce;
  • 7% had survived a drug-facilitated sexual assault;
  • 3% had experienced an attempted rape; and
  • 3% had been sex trafficked in Vermont.

Q: Who is committing these crimes in Vermont?

  • 77% of survivors had been victimized by an acquaintance;
  • 19% by a current or former partner;
  • 13% by a family member or other relative; and
  • 8% by a stranger.

Q: What did H.O.P.E. Works provide to our community?

  • Staff provided in-person medical advocacy to 95 people during UVM Medical Center sexual assault forensic exams (“rape kits”) and other medical intervention at local health care centers;
  • Staff and volunteers developed personal and family safety plans with 398 survivors to help increase their safety in the community if their abuser was still a threat in their lives; 97% of those surveyed reported knowing more ways to plan for their safety and more about their rights and options as a result of receiving our services.
  • Staff provided civil, criminal and immigration law legal advocacy & assistance to 158 survivors and families, including 73 cases of protection order assistance.
  • 88% of people assisted by H.O.P.E. Works reported knowing more about their community resources.

Q: How did Vermonters first learn of H.O.P.E. Works services?

Survivors’ first method of contact with H.O.P.E. Works services:

  • 49% of service users first called our 24/7 crisis hotline to access services;
  • 27% of service users first met us in person to access services;
  • 17% of service users first accessed services through a friend or loved one;
  • 7% first reached out through the web-chat (online hotline).

Q: Does H.O.P.E. Works provide clinical therapeutic services?

Through our expanded clinical services, H.O.P.E. Works provided therapeutic and advocacy services to 36 survivors and their 13 children.

  • H.O.P.E. Works’ on-site therapist provided 342 therapy sessions in the last year; other support services by clinical staff included crisis intervention, emergency financial assistance, safety planning, and transportation.
  • Experiences of violence prior to therapy included rape or attempted rape (100%), child sexual abuse (27%), and other sexual abuse (30%).
  • UVM Medical Center was by far the top referral agency to clinical services at H.O.P.E. Works, followed by Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office, Steps to End Domestic Violence, and self-referrals.

Q: Does H.O.P.E. Works work with vulnerable populations?

Many populations experience increased targeting by perpetrators. In the last year…

  • H.O.P.E. Works served 110 homeless survivors (half of this number were minors; many were homeless due to their victimization).
  • H.O.P.E. Works provided victim services to at least 81 UVM students. H.O.P.E. Works also worked with at least 13 Saint Michael’s College students and at least 11 Champlain College students (5 students did not wish to disclose which college they were attending). In total, we provided community-based victim support services to 120 college students in the last year.
  • H.O.P.E. Works staff provided support and advocacy to 57 LGBQQ and 14 transgender survivors of rape and sexual assault.