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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. 

An advocate...

  • 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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Last Updated: 2/17/17