What is an Advocate?
Advocate | ad·vo·cate | ad-və-kət (noun)
- One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender; an advocate of civil rights.
- One that pleads in another’s behalf; an intercessor; advocates for abused children and spouses
What is a sexual assault advocate?
A Sexual Assault (SA) Advocate is someone who is considered an expert in working with victims of sexual assault. We have specific training that only focus on sexual assault with advanced trainiing into how to best serve victims/survivors of sexual assault.
Sexual Assault (SA) Advocates:
- Are free and confidential
- Provides support
- Provides information and referrals to services in their area (such as counselors)
- Provides crisis counseling
- Validates the victim’s feelings
- Informs the victims/survivors of their rights
- Walks them through what the proces might look like next (at whatever stage in their journey they’re at)
- Can provide transportation assistance with SA-related appointments
- Can provide financial assistance (example: gas station gift cards)
- Work with people of all ages
- Work with families and friends (we know that SA can affect so many more people than only the victim)
- Talks about the different steps in the criminal justice process
- Has the ability to assist clients and provide support throughout the entire criminal justice process
- Is present during court proceedings
- Is present during preparation for deposition and the depositions
- Is present during the preparation for trial and the trial
Anyone that has been a victim of sexual assault (whether they reported the crime or not) can work with one of our Sexual Assault Advocates.
We have the ability to serve twelve counties and are able to travel to you in order to make sure our clients are getting the services they deserve.
If you’ve received services from Crisis Intervention Services, we’d love for you to fill out this quick survey letting us know how we did:
SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVOCACY
A RESOURCE FOR SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE.
Our network of Sexual Assault Advocates and volunteers are standing by every day to offer a supportive, guiding hand. We are active listeners and use a caring approach to ensure the best outcome for the individuals and families we serve.
A PLACE FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT.
Our Temporary Emergency Shelters provide immediate help to those who need it. This service is structured in a scattered-site model for fleeing survivors of crime. You’ll receive an Advocate for your case as well as information, referrals, and support in our Housing Outreach service.
Violent crimes services
A PATH TO SAFETY.
Our network of Sexual Assault Advocates and volunteers are standing by every day to offer help to those needing to find safety. You’ll be supported with a trained Advocate in the criminal justice and social service systems and accompanied to law enforcement meetings and court proceedings. In addition, you’ll be given opportunities for community education and counseling services.