CONTACT of Huntington envisions a community free of sexual violence.
To bring that vision into reality, CONTACT of Huntington provides advocacy and support for victims of sexual assault and stalking, while providing prevention education services to people living in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties in West Virginia.
We recognize that victims who become survivors of sexual assault must do so with courage, strength and integrity, and we honor their transformation by holding those as our organizational values.
All services are free and confidential
CONTACT Huntington, Inc. was formed on November 1, 1970 and since that time CONTACT has been through many changes. CONTACT Huntington, Inc. was originally a faith-based organization that offered callers a variety of services including a 24-hour Suicide Crisis helpline, a Parent’s Helpline, Reassurance Line, and the Rape Crisis Counseling Team. For more than 30 years these programs flourished, providing callers with a friendly voice that was willing to listen and help.
In 1983 CONTACT jointed West Virginia Rape Information and Services (FRIS) as one of nine rape crises center in the state. At that time all services to victims of sexual assault were provided by volunteers. Today, six Staff Victim Advocates as well as Volunteer Victim Advocates provide direct and follow-up services to victims.
In the spring of 2001, CONTACT became a Rape Crisis Center and most of the other programs were passed to other agencies. The 24-hour hotline remains a central part of services offered by staff and trained volunteers. No longer a faith-based organization, CONTACT now focuses on helping those who have been affected by sexual violence and/or stalking and providing our community with prevention education information. We rely on private donations, community grants and some state and federal monies, to fund the services we offer in a six county area of Western West Virginia: Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne.
CONTACT has three offices – our main office in Huntington which serves Cabell County, an office in Wayne serving Wayne and Lincoln counties, and one in Point Pleasant serving Mason County. In the spring of 2017 we will be opening two new offices to serve Logan and Mingo counties.
CONTACT of Huntington is a member of West Virginia’s sexual assault coalition, the Foundation for Rape Information and Services (FRIS) and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association.
2017 Board of Directors
Kelli Crabtree, President
Frances Hensley, Secretary
Jack Mease, Treasurer
Misty Marra Williamson
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CONTACT serves victims of sexual assault and stalking in Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne counties in West Virginia.
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