Who Are We?

Support and Advocacy Services (SAS) is a component of the DIRECTIONS! Program.  SAS was created in 1977 to provide education, support and empowerment to victims and survivors of rape, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, as well as their family and friends.  

DIRECTIONS! a program of the Community Mental Health Center (CMHC), Inc. offers support and advocacy services, abuse prevention programs and community education.  CMHC, Inc. currently serves Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties in Southeast Indiana.


Our purpose is to facilitate empowerment and healing and to raise awareness of individual rights in ourselves and within our community.


Our goal is to educate the community and offer peer counseling to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.


  • To provide peer support to a survivor immediately following the assault and during the longer adjustment period.
  • To assist the survivor in understanding the various medical/legal procedures and his/her options regarding these.
  • To participate with other community caregivers (hospital, police, court, etc.) in providing for the total and dignified treatment of the survivor.
  • To increase community awareness regarding the frequency and nature of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • To teach a variety of skills to men and women facilitating the prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Break The Silence
24/7 Crisis 812-537-1302
Toll Free 877-849-1248
Since the SAS team was established we have assisted over  3,300 survivors  assault.