The Role of an Advocate
Who can be an Advocate?
- Family member, friend, or a person from an advocacy service.
- Beth Riley, the MA, LMSW, is an on-campus resource that serves as an advocate for student victims. Visit the Dean of Students page for contact information and referral and response advice.
- Crime Victim Awareness Center (CVAC) is an off-campus service that has advocates available. They can be reached at 607-722-4256.
- Listens to, believes, emotionally supports, and acts in the best interests of the victim.
- Respects the victim and do what you can to make them comfortable.
- Does not judge the victim or their lifestyle
- Is the spokesperson for the victim if and when they cannot do so, with family, friends, professionals, etc.
- Assures that victims are treated fairly and in accordance with their rights in NYS
Inform on Services
- Explain the advocate role, the systems, and the processes that apply in each situation.
- Offer choices and explain options to the victim and support their decisions, even if you don't agree with them on a personal level — this will allow them to regain some sense of control.
- Inform victims of relevant, available services in the community.
- Assist with safety planning.
- Help victims understand the roles of other professionals.
- Educate victims about OVS compensation.
An Active Role
- Provide accompaniment to court, police stations, hospitals, appointments, etc., as needed and wanted.
- Be present and/or nearby at court, police stations, hospitals, etc., in order to advocate for the victim.
- Act as a liaison between the victim, other professionals and other systems
- Educate other professionals to the role of the victim advocate
- Do not confront other professionals in a way that could further traumatize the victim.
Visit our Resources webpage for additional assistance.