What is the role of the Advocate?
The Advocate is called upon to provide emotional support and assistance to the victim(s) of a crime. Advocates provide crisis intervention, immediate support, reporting options, as well as assistance with any problems victims or witnesses may experience because of the crime. The advocate can assist the victim with scheduling emergency health and counseling appointments and assist with completing impact statements, and crime compensation forms. Advocates can provide verification of the crime to appropriate person and/or organizations. Advocates are also, familiar with resources and professionals throughout the community and can direct you to an agency or professional best equipped to provide the assistance you may need.
Is everything confidential?
Yes, except as exempted by Missouri State Statute. Client names, identifying information and disclosures are be kept completely confidential unless an advocate receives written permission from the client to release information to a third party, with the following exceptions:
- A judge orders the program to release information to the court.
- An advocate receives knowledge of a client’s suicidal or homicidal thoughts.
- An advocate receives knowledge of that child or elder abuse has occurred.
What are some examples of Victimization that the Advocate can assist with?
- Sexual Assault/Battery,
- Acquaintance/Date Rape
- Dating/Domestic/Relationship Violence
- Sexual Harassment
- Hate Crimes
- Human Trafficking
- Assault & Battery
- Identity Theft
If my victimization occurred in the past, can the Advocate still help me?
Yes. Advocates are trained to provide services related to both present and past victimization.
Can Advocates help me if I am in a same gender relationship?
Yes. Advocates do not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
I think I am in an abusive relationship. How can an Advocate help?
Advocates can help with identifying the qualities of a healthy relationship and the features of an abusive relationship. Oftentimes, actual physical abuse may not be present, but severe emotional abuse is always a part of an abusive relationship. Advocates can help with providing options, support and safety planning whether or not someone is ready to leave an abusive relationship.
What if I was victimized outside of my city or county? Can the Advocate still help?
Yes. Advocates provide and/or arrange for services statewide.
Someone I know is being victimized and it’s affecting me. Can the Advocate help?
Yes. What you are experiencing is known as Secondary Victimization. It is normal to be affected by actual or threatened violence, even if you are not the direct target. This secondary trauma can interfere with normal daily living and effect your concentration.
I have a I have a friend who has been victimized. Can I bring them to see an Advocate to receive services?
Yes. Advocates can meet with your fried and recommend the appropriate community resources. You may also want to consider seeking services since it is normal to be affected by problems that friends and/or relatives are having. This can impact your normal daily living and effect concentration. Advocates can provide services to help with this secondary trauma. Advocates can also provide information and guidance on ways to help your friend if they do not want to meet with the Advocate.