Victim Advocates are professionals trained to support victims of crime and violence. Our advocates will learn about a victim's experience, then help match the appropriate resources and help to their needs. We help fill out paperwork, serve as a liaison to critical services, advocate for victims' rights, help communicate with landlords, employers and other individuals whom victims depend upon for their livelihood, and more.
Our job as advocates is to assess the needs of victims and find the most appropriate solutions to ensure victims have the emotional and physical support necessary to overcome the negative effects of crime. This may include providing information on victimization, help navigating the criminal justice system, assisting in filing orders of protection, help filing for Crime Victims Compensation, communicating with law enforcement, etc.
We have Victim Advocates trained to help with all crimes as well as Victim Advocates specializing in domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide. We are not the police, and we do not require victims to report crime in order to receive assistance. However, we strongly encourage victims to report any incidences of crime or violence as it is in their best interest and protection.
All information provided to us in our role as Victim Advocates is confidential. We will not, without permission, discuss a victim's case with law enforcement, other social service agencies or the media. CVC Victim Advocates help all victims, regardless of type of crime or status in the criminal justice system. All advocacy services are free of charge to victims and their families.
To receive help from an advocate, call (314) 652-3623