Assistance Services

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COMPASS Sexual Assault Education, Prevention, & Support

Off-Campus/ Students & Employees
330.452.1111 (Stark County) or 330.339.1427 (Tuscawaras and Carroll Counties)  |

  • All COMPASS services are available to all clients regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.
  • COMPASS has a policy to ensure all clients are able to access services through use of interpreters at no cost to client.
  • COMPASS is Safe Zone trained to ensure staff is culturally competent in working with LGBTQ survivors.
  • All COMPASS services follow the core standards for Rape Crisis Programs in Ohio
  • All COMPASS services are available for survivors and co-survivors of any form of sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.

24-Hour Crisis Hotline

  • 330.452.1111 (Stark County) or 330.339.1427 (Tuscawaras and Carroll Counties)
  • Provides confidential, emotional support to those affected by sexual violence
  • Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week

Hospital advocacy

  • Provide hospital advocacy/support services during a forensic sexual assault examination at Aultman, Mercy, and Union hospitals
  • Provides survivors with a sweat suit and a comfort kit


  • Individual Counseling (Canton and New Philadelphia offices)
  • Trauma-informed counseling
  • Support Groups

Case Management

  • Provides resources a survivor may need for basic necessities
  • Offers food vouchers to Goodwill’s food pantry (Canton office)
  • Assists with skill building


  • Provides crisis intervention services to students, staff, and faculty
  • Provide awareness and education to the students, staff, and faculty

Legal Advocacy

  • Provide survivors with support, assistance, safety planning, accompaniment and advocacy throughout the civil and criminal process
  • Assist with Civil Protection Order paperwork (New Philadelphia)
  • Work closely with many community agencies to provide resources and wrap around care for clients
  • Advocates are available to assist through COMPASS confidential 24-hour hotline


Stark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office- Victim/Witness Division 

Off-Campus/ Students & Employees

Stark County Office Building  330.451.7452  |

  • Services are available for ALL victims of crime regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability throughout Stark County’s three Municipal Courts, Juvenile Court and Court of Common Pleas.
  • If you have become a victim of a crime in Stark County, Ohio you are entitled to assistance from the Victim/Witness Division of the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office.

Victim Services

  • Contact victims of crime to determine needs.
  • Advise on the replacement of stolen credit cards, I.D. cards and driver’s license. 
  • Provide referrals for emergency services.
  • Provide crisis counseling and intervention for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors
  • Assist victims in getting Temporary Protection Orders during the pendency of a Criminal case, when appropriate.
  • Assist victims with completing Victim Impact Statements.
  • Provide court support (accompaniment).
  • Notify victims of case status and court hearing dates.
  • Provide victims with Victims of Crime Compensation forms and attorney referrals.
  • Provide special programming for child abuse victims.
  • Provide services for those requesting interpreters or special needs assistance for court hearings. 


Domestic Violence Project, Inc.

Off-Campus/ Students & Employees

Canton Office 330.453.7233   |

  • All Domestic Violence Project, Inc. services are available without distinction to all clients regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion.
  • DVPI is Safe Zone certified and undergoes periodic re-certification to ensure staff competency in assisting LGBTQ survivors.
  • DVPI also has an LEP policy to ensure services are available to all survivors through interpretation services. Interpretation services are provided at no cost to survivors.

24 Hour Crisis Hotline

  • Call 330.453.SAFE (7233)
  • Assists confidentially with immediate help, shelter information, or referrals
  • Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week

Medical Advocacy Program

  • Trained advocates provide trauma-informed services, referrals and support during medical evidence collection for victims/survivors at Mercy Medical Center and Aultman Hospital.
  • Services are provided at no cost to the victim/survivor.
  • Service are available for victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking.

Emergency Shelter Services

  • Canton Shelter and Western Stark (Massillon)
  • Free and secure housing on an emergency 24-hour basis.
  • Available for victims of domestic violence and their children.
  • During a stay at the shelter, emotional support services, legal advocacy, peer support and case management services are provided, which include linkage to community resources.
  • Shelter services are voluntary and are provided in a trauma-informed and client-focused atmosphere.
  • All services are free and confidential.

Peer Support Services

  • Offers individual and group support and guidance, resources, and assistance in navigating the healing process
  • Creates safety plans/recovery wellness plans and encourages healthy and safe alternatives to substance abuse and harmful coping mechanisms
  • Teaches empowerment through self-love/self-respect
  • Our Peer Support Specialist has lived experiences of domestic violence, alcohol and drug dependency, and mental health issues and therefore can assist client develop a personalized plan to reach their goals

Groups offered include:
Empower Hour (days and times vary)
Domestic Violence Education (Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.)
Discussion Group for Survivors and Loved Ones of Survivors (Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.)
LGBTQ Social Group (Fridays at 2:00pm)

Transitional Housing Program

  • Program releases families from housing concerns, giving adequate time to rebuild lives, transition into permanent housing and integrate into a community.
  • Short-term housing assistance is available to victims/survivors, including rental and utility payments.
  • Program duration for participants is six months to two years.

Legal Advocacy Services

  • Provide victims/survivors of domestic violence and stalking with support, assistance, safety planning, accompaniment and advocacy throughout the civil and criminal system
  • Assists victims/survivors with preventive and self-protective measures, including understanding legal rights, filing protection orders, speaking with the prosecutors’ office and police, and in attending court hearing.
  • Works closely with Community Legal Aid Services, referring victims who request divorce or protection order assistance and arranging free legal clinics.
  • Advocates are available to assist victims in the court setting, at both shelters and through DVPI’s 24-hour confidential victim hotline
  • Contact: 330-526-0077 or 330-526-0083 (Canton Court Assistance)
  • Contact: 330-830-2595 or 330-830-2596 (Massillon Court Assistance)

Outreach and Aftercare Program

  • Provides supportive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking in need of continued supportive services during and after their transition away from other DVPI services, as well as to survivors in need not currently being served by another DVPI service.
  • Services are provided at no cost to the survivor.

Services provided include:
Safety planning
Transportation to professional and medical appointments
Linkage to mental health services
Linkage to substance abuse services
Assistance with employment searches and more