Victim advocates provide necessary support and resources for those who are experiencing domestic violence.
- Crisis intervention
- Safety planning
- Case management
- Assistance in filing for a Domestic Violence Protection Order (sometimes referred to as a DVPO, restraining order, or 50b)
- Referrals for legal assistance
- Address confidentiality program
- Victim compensation claims
DVPOs can be an essential component of many victims’ safety plans and can greatly impact a victim’s ability to live free of abuse. Advocates accompany victims to civil and criminal court, educating them about the court process and providing emotional support and advocacy during court proceedings. Advocates cannot provide legal advice but can assist in navigating the court system.