Crisis & Advocacy Services

Polk County Crisis & Advocacy Services (PCCAS) provides free, voluntary, confidential services to victims of crime in Polk County regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities. We provide crisis intervention and on-going supportive services to victims regardless of law enforcement involvement or length of time since the assault or abuse.

  • 24 hour crisis response services
  • Connection to Crime Victim Compensation Program
  • Advocacy with judicial and law enforcement agencies
  • Public education
  • Support groups and age appropriate education in the school system
  • Victim impact panels
  • Community debriefings
  • Counseling sessions
  • Support groups
  • Referrals to appropriate community services'

The Violent Crime Team provides counseling and support services for victims of personal violent crimes that involves a respectful and caring response to survivors of loved ones that have been murdered. Counselors are available to help families, friends and loved ones begin to cope with their loss and with the many demands placed upon them.

  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Fraud/Forgery
  • Hate Crime
  • Property Crime
  • Robbery
  • Homicide Crisis Response

The Mid-Iowa Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) assists in sexual assault cases to aid the victim. The purpose of SART is to provide quality, compassionate and consistent care to victims of sexual assault. To reduce the time victims spend at healthcare facilities to receive medical care.

Coping After Suicide Support Services offers crisis response, counseling and a support group to family members who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Child Sexual Abuse Resource Coalition (C-SARC) coordinates the efforts of community agencies that respond to reports of child sexual abuse, seek to protect and support the child from further abuse, provide treatment for the child and the family and assist the Criminal Justice System in holding the offender responsible.

Intra-Family Sexual Abuse Program (IFSAP) works to provide wrap around services to make the home environment protective and to provide prevention and safety information to the victim and non-offending parent. At the same time, the offender is provided treatment with the Fifth Judicial District.  The primary goal is to stop child abuse and support the victim. 

For more information about our services, please call (515) 286-3600

Events and Activities

  • Annual Take Back the Night Rally and March

Mission Statement- Polk County Crisis & Advocacy Services provides advocacy and support to promote healing and empowerment for victims/survivors of violent crime.

Vision Statement- In Iowa all crime victims are treated with respect and fairness and receive victim-centered comprehensive services.