The role of an advocate
Who can be an advocate?
- Family member, friend or a person from an advocacy service.
- The Interpersonal Violence Program advocate located at the Dean of Students Office is an on-campus resource that serves as an advocate for student victims. Visit the Dean of Students Case Management 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 does what one can to make the victim 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
- Explains the advocate role, the systems and the processes that apply in each situation.
- Offers choices and explain options to the victim and support their decisions
- Informs victims of relevant, available services in the community.
- Assists with safety planning.
- Helps victims understand the roles of other professionals.
- Educates victims about Crime Victims' compensation.
An active role
- Provides 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 with the victim.
- Acts 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.
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