Your appointed victim Advocate assists with appointment scheduling, crisis intervention, victim’s compensation filing, domestic violence intervention, court support, transportation, and linking to community resources.
They are the first to greet our children when they arrive at the Center and the last to see them when they leave. Every family that is referred to the CAC is assigned a Victim Advocate who serves as their primary point of contact and support person as they navigate the multiple systems and agencies involved in protecting children.
The Victim Advocate begins by meeting with caregivers during the child’s interview to address concerns, answer questions, and discuss any needed support moving forward. They assist with setting up an appointment with our evidence-based mental health services for both the child and the caregivers, as well as referrals for any other needed community resources.
Victim Advocates accompany families to court, providing support and assisting in obtaining orders of protection. Victim Advocates also provide information about victim’s rights and the Crime Victims Compensation program.
In the months after the interview, the Victim Advocate continues to follow up with caregivers to provide updates about the investigation, ensure engagement in services, and continually support families on the path to hope and healing.
Victim Advocacy Services are Provided by the Professionals of the Sexual Assault Assistance Program of the Treasure Coast Office of the State Attorney.