We know firsthand what it is like to be a victim of a violent crime.   We know how important support is to rebuild, recover, heal, survive and thrive after a traumatic event.   We respect wherever you are in your process.  We want to do what we can to let you know you are not alone.


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”

Maya Angelou

The effects of victimization may linger for years, and the process of recovery demands strength, resourcefulness, and tenacity.  Yet we know, despite the challenges, most crime victims have the power to reclaim, strengthen, and transform their lives in unexpected ways. 


“Trauma becomes sufferable, even illuminating, when there is a relational home to hold it in.  Without this it is simply too much to bear”

Mark Epstein


CTSS recognizes the importance of understanding how the brain and nervous system respond to the experience of trauma.  

When a person actually is in danger (like during a violent crime), the brain creates chemical changes throughout the nervous system to give the person the best chance to get out of the dangerous situation alive. The brain and body can continue to produce those chemicals long after the event occurred, leading to ongoing distress and trauma-related responses.

CTSS offers specific support services that allow crime survivors themselves to become “trauma-informed” and practiced in using wellness skills that empower their recovery.