Hold Team Meetings . Monitor and Evaluate Your Efforts . Sustain Your SART . Know Your Team . Critical Issues
Decide on Core Membership
Advocates promote victims' rights and assist with their emotional, physical, psychological, economic, and spiritual needs. Although there is a clear distinction between community- and government-based advocacy (e.g., community-based advocates may hold statutorily defined privileged communications whereas government-based advocates do not), the general role of the advocate is to ensure that addressing the victim's full range of needs is a priority.
On a SART, victim advocates
- Act as liaison among SART agencies on behalf of victims.
- Work collaboratively with team members to ensure quality services.
- Protect and promote victims' rights to confidentiality.
- Educate the team on issues of diverse populations.
- Work with the team to develop innovative practices.
- Ensure that victims' followup support and services are addressed.
- Resolve problems that may impede victims' receipt of timely and accurate case notification.
- Help implement initiatives aimed at educating the community about preventing sexual assault.