You Are Not Alone

The Disturbing Statistics

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you are unsure about your situation, we encourage you to visit our What Is Abuse page. Moreover, if you would like to learn more about what to do if you find yourself in an abusive situation, our Safety Planning Guide is an excellent resource.






CAPSEA is more than a 24/7 hotline and emergency shelter. We are committed to supporting and empowering victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and helping you to take back control of your life.

Our staff can assist you with everything from obtaining legal representation and Protection from Abuse Orders, to coordinating emergency shelter or support group participation.

Each person’s experience is unique, but the CAPSEA staff is here to listen and to help. We will identify which of our services may be beneficial for your individual situation. Below is a little more information on some of the services that we offer for victims of abuse. Contact the CAPSEA staff at contact@capsea.org or 814-772-3838. We are here for you – every step of the way.

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Our Abuse Victim Services

CAPSEA has been operating an emergency shelter since April 1988 for victims and children who need a safe haven from abuse. CAPSEA also provides permanent housing to families and individuals who are homeless, victims of abuse, or have a mental health diagnosis through site apartments in Elk and Cameron counties. Program guidelines must be met and supportive services are offered. Length of stay is 36 months and the expected outcome is a transition to a Section 8 voucher or self-sufficiency. For more information call, 814-772-5475.

CAPSEA’s medical advocates are available to provide support, assistance, and information, such as counseling services, safety, emergency shelter, legal options, and accompaniment for follow-up medical and related appointments. All communications are protected and confidential. Learn more about CAPSEA’s Medical Advocacy Services.

PA SAVIN is a free and confidential service that helps victims, law enforcement, and community members track the status of an offender housed in county jail, state prison, or under state parole supervision within the Commonwealth. The program allows Pennsylvania residents to receive real-time information about an offender’s custody status, such as an inmate’s release, transfer, or escape. CAPSEA can help you register for the program and ensure you are receiving the automated notifications.

CAPSEA’s Empowerment Counseling program focuses on instilling a sense of inner strength and confidence to its participants. By adjusting our beliefs and attitudes towards ourselves and others, we can create change. CAPSEA also offers a wide variety of support groups to help you pave your road to recovery. Support group programs typically run for six weeks and are facilitated by trained professionals.

CAPSEA’s hotline is in operation 24-hour a day, seven (7) days a week, 365 days per year. Elk County Hotline: 814-772-1227 and the Cameron County Hotline: 814-486-0952. A trained volunteer or CAPSEA staff member will take the call, listen to your situation, and provide the appropriate services and inform you of the necessary next steps.

Visit CAPSEA’s Civil Protection Orders page for more  information.

Even if you choose not to bring criminal charges against your abuser, you and your children can still get protection through the court system. A Protection From Abuse Order is a document signed by a judge and signals to an abuser that they face serious legal consequences if they do not immediately stop the abusive behavior. CAPSEA can help you obtain a Protection From Abuse Order and provide you with emergency shelter, if necessary.

Should you choose to file criminal charges, CAPSEA’s Victim/Witness Coordinator protects your right as a victim of a crime to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect during the course of criminal proceedings. Our team will inform you of the legal process, provide emotional support through court proceedings, assist you in obtaining compensation for economic loss, and keep you notified of the status of your case, including the final disposition of the case.

TIR is a proven method for encouraging relief and healing. This type of counseling allows a person to desensitize painful experiences and reduce the negative impact of traumatic, overwhelming events. It involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations. It is often an effective means of recovery for those who were victims of abuse or sexual assault or witness to a crime. Click here to learn more.


24/7 Confidential CAPSEA Hotline

24/7 Hotline

CAPSEA staff provides a 24-hour hotline, which serves as a central point of access for crisis counseling, safety planning, and referrals.

Housing and Shelter for victims

Crisis Shelter & Housing

Emergency shelter and temporary housing services for men, women, children, and families - named after one of CAPSEA’s founders.

Services for Crime Victims

Crime Victim Services

CAPSEA’s staff helps victims and witnesses navigate the legal and medical processes that can result from experiencing trauma.

Abuse Victim Support System

Abuse Victim Services

CAPSEA’s staff helps victims and witnesses navigate the legal and medical processes that can result from experiencing trauma.

Individual Group Counseling and Support

Counseling & Support

CAPSEA’s trained professionals provide individual and group counseling sessions, helping people to move forward with their lives.

Teacher educating and training individuals on sexual assault

Education & Training

CAPSEA educators train professionals, students, survivors, and community members to identify and escape abusive situations.

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If you or someone you know needs help, call our 24-hour Hotline: 

Elk County Hotline: 814-772-1227

Cameron County Hotline: 814-486-0952