What does advocacy mean?
Our advocates are here for you, to listen to you, and to support you as you make those decisions which are right for you. We believe that everyone can make their own best decisions. Our job is to support people in the process of decision-making. Our goal is to empower each person to feel confident as they move forward with their decisions and meet their goals.
Our legal advocate is here to assist you if you need help to file a police report or obtain a court order to insure your safety. The legal advocate can sit with you during a police interview or help you to make contact with the police. The advocate can help you obtain the paperwork for court orders, explain the process to you, and even attend court hearings with you. The advocate can also refer you to a free legal service (if you are income-eligible). While are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice, we can help you find the resources you need.
Often, people who’ve experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or who’ve been the victim of other crimes, are involved with many social service agencies. An advocate can help you work with these systems. We know that it can be difficult to keep everything in life moving smoothly when you’ve been impacted by violence. If you would like help talking with a landlord, school officials, DSHS, the courts, or others, tell your advocate. An advocate can help you address your concerns, and make sure that your voice is heard, and your needs are met.
You are a capable person. You know what is best for you, and an advocate is here to encourage you. Sometimes it just takes time and support to decide what you want to do, and how you want to move forward. Decisions can be difficult, and we offer non-biased assistance free from judgement.
Violence takes many forms, including physical, financial, or emotional. Talk to an advocate and develop a safety plan that will work for you and your unique situation. The safety plan is all about finding ways that will increase your safety.
Violence can lead to a need for medical help. An advocate can help you get to these appointments, and sit with you during medical appointments and exams. Your voice and decisions regarding medical care are important, and an advocate will support you in this process.
Immigration assistance is an important issue for people who have been the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or other major crimes. We are able to provide referrals and document assistance through Legal Advocacy.
The legal system is complex, and the paperwork can seem overwhelming. A legal advocate is available to support you through the process. If needed, referrals to other legal services will be made. We offer accompaniment to court, and assistance with:
- Anti-harassment Orders
- Protection Orders
- Restraining Orders
- Parenting Plans/Residential Schedules
- Immigration Assistance