This new program will provide follow-up services, counseling, legal advocacy, STI testing/treatment and medical exams to sexual assault survivors. The Mobile Unit hopes to better serve survivors in rural areas around Birmingham. Our goal is to offer care for clients in Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair and Walker counties.
The need for services after a sexual assault is extensive. For many people there are numerous barriers to services, including a lack of transportation, insurance, time, and money.
The Crisis Center saw this need in rural communities surrounding Birmingham and started our Mobile Unit to help address the need for follow-up care for survivors. Our Mobile Unit is unmarked, because we know that survivors need to feel safe and anonymous!
This unit provides Rape Response and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) services, including follow-up medical exams and care. It also offers counseling for primary and secondary survivors and legal advocacy. It travels to a different county each day so that survivors do not need to drive to Birmingham to receive follow up services.
What can you expect from the mobile unit?
- Unconditional positive regard
- Free trauma-informed counseling for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones
- Free legal advocacy to assist clients in navigating the legal process
- Free follow-up medical exams, including HIV testing, STI Screening, physical exams and pregnancy tests
- Medication to treat STIs
- Discreet and confidential service
Mobile Unit Schedule
Monday - Jefferson County
Tuesday - Walker County
Wednesday - Jefferson County
Thursday - Blount County
Friday - St. Clair County
Rebecca Henderson, LMSW
Mobile Unit Counselor
Mobile Unit SANE
For more information or to schedule an appointment,
please contact the Mobile Unit at 205-396-8376.
This project is funded by VOCA.