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Advocacy

In domestic and sexual violence victim advocacy, criminal justice intervention, Hispanic outreach, and youth advocacy, the role of our advocate is to walk the path with our clients to ensure they do not have to walk alone.  And, when they do not have the ability to speak for themselves, ensure that they can still be heard.  Advocacy is about laying out options, and letting our clients know what they have to gain and lose by making certain choices.  Our work is about empowerment.  

 

The following is a list of advocacy programs offered at Safe Avenues.  For more information, contact an advocate at (320) 235-0962 or (800) 792-4210.     

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM ADVOCACY PROGRAM

Trained staff and/or volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist with client crisis intervention.  The Domestic Violence Advocacy Program

 

  • Provides victims with information regarding domestic violence
  • Provides support to victims of domestic violence
  • Assists victims in safety planning
  • Informs victims of their rights and reparations
  • Assists victims with obtaining protection orders
  • Offers advocacy and accompaniment to community services
  • Provides support if reporting to law enforcement
  • Obtains information on rights and reparations
  • Provides referrals to other agencies
  • Provides court advocacy
  • Provides support groups to victims 

 

SEXUAL VIOLENCE VICTIM ADVOCACY PROGRAM

Trained staff and/or volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist with client crisis intervention.  The Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Program

 

  • Provides support if reporting an assault to law enforcement
  • Assists victims in the hospital emergency room during evidence collection
  • Provides support when medical attention is needed to treat injuries or check for potential STI’s, pregnancy or any other concerns
  • Provides court advocacy
  • Obtains information about rights and reparations
  • Provides education on sexual violence
  • Provides referrals to other agencies
  • Provides support group
  • Helps with safety planning and with protective orders

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERVENTION PROGRAM

The Criminal Justice Intervention Program strives to increase victim safety and offender accountability within the criminal justice system.  The Criminal Justice Intervention Program:

  • Provides advocacy services to victims of domestic assault whose assailants are going through the criminal justice system. 
  • Provides training related to best practices in domestic violence responses to professionals within the criminal justice system.
  • Assists with criminal justice system policy development.
  • Monitors the criminal justice systems’ responses to domestic assaults.  

Staff in the Criminal Justice Intervention Program coordinates monthly Risk Assessment Team Meetings and bi-monthly Domestic Violence Coordinating Council meetings.  

 

HISPANIC OUTREACH PROGRAM

The Hispanic Outreach Program focuses on some of the unique barriers many members of our community face when confronted with issues of domestic or sexual violence.  The Hispanic Outreach Program

  • Provides translation and interpretative services that assist in accessing supportive services and resources
  • Offers assistance and support to those seeking immigration remedies
  • Assists victims in safety planning
  • Provides civil, criminal, and immigration court advocacy
  • Assists with transportation to appointments
  • Provides support groups to victims 

 

YOUTH ADVOCACY PROGRAM

The Youth Advocacy Program strengthens and preserves families by providing interactive programming and activities that promote successful parenting, increased socialization skills, individualized safety plans, and skills to identify and validate feelings.  The Youth Advocacy Program: 

  • Offers parenting education for clients
  • Provides support groups for child witnesses
  • Provides child care for children when clients are working on safety planning or attending groups
  • Assists with referrals to other agencies
  • Provides fun and educational opportunities for children