An advocate is a person who is trained to be able to respond to situations involving domestic violence and sexual assault. The primary concern of an advocate is their victim's safety. An advocate will be able to provide information and referrals to community resources to assist the victim in the best way for their situation.
AN ADVOCATE'S JOB IS TO: - Listen without judgement and with compassion - Help callers identify the signs of abuse and power as well as help to identify options in the situation - Empower victims through knowledge and support to make their own choices - Accompany victims as needed to police department, hospital, and court hearings
Safe Space operates with a total of 5 trained advocates on staff as well as a pool of trained and certified volunteer advocates. Advocates are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, including nights, weekends and holidays.
During a crisis line call and/or in-person meeting with an advocate, questions will be asked to help identify the type of violence a caller has experienced, resources available, and safety planning options. Advocates offer choices and solutions to a multitude of situations revolving around domestic and sexual violence and support the victims choices by offering the appropriate information and referrals.
Advocates are able to meet with victims or survivors, as well as their concerned family members and friends.
Advocates will not discuss any details, or confirm or deny knowledge of any victim without direct consent by the victim or survivor.