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Victim Advocates

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.