The easiest way to explain advocacy is that it is someone who is in your corner. No other role is designed like advocacy. Advocates believe you no matter what. We’re not interested in investigating or examining or telling you what to do. We are here to walk by your side through the process so that you’re not alone.
Advocates are experts in safety planning. We can help you determine how lethal or dangerous your situation is and then provide information and resources to increase your safety. Many advocates are trained to use the Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN Danger Assessment as an arbitrary tool to understand the level of danger in your situation.
Thanks to our close partnerships with local law enforcement, advocates can tell you what to expect when you report domestic violence, stalking, or sexual violence to law enforcement. It can be scary to report to law enforcement sometimes. We work closely with local law enforcement agencies so that it is a streamlined and less scary process. Often, advocates can accompany you during an interview with an officer or detective.
Our relationships with community agencies allows us to provide you with the best and most up-to-date resources and information for your specific situation. Advocates will work with you to determine your greatest needs and then provide you with the resources to fit those needs.
If your case goes to criminal court, an advocate can be with you before and during the court process. If you choose to file a Victim’s Protective Order (VPO) an advocate will assist you with the paperwork, filing the VPO, and then will stand in front of the judge with you. Advocates can answer any questions about the VPO so that you know if it’s right for you or not.
To speak to a domestic violence advocate, call the Satellite Office at (405) 310-3131
To speak to a sexual violence advocate, call the Rape Crisis Center at (405) 701-5660
WRC began to offer court advocacy to victims of domestic violence in January of 1997. Staff and volunteers provide support and information about the proper use of the legal system, primarily the Victim’s Protective Order (VPO) .
There are two types of VPOs-Emergency and Permanent. An advocate can explain the difference between the two so that you can decide if one or both are right for you. Expect that filling out the VPO form and filing it at the courthouse will take 1-2 hours. Then 2 weeks after that date, you will be asked to return to court to see the judge for the final VPO hearing. An advocate will be with you the entire time. Sometimes people wonder if they need a lawyer to file a VPO and the answer is no. It is not mandatory to hire a lawyer but if you wish to hire one, they are valuable assets to have. The WRC and Legal Aid work together to provide attorneys at no cost (when available).
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