Advocacy Services

 
 

HOSPITAL ADVOCACY

A person who has experienced sexual assault and seeks a sexual assault forensic exam (SANE exam) is met at the hospital by a trained professional advocate who is employed by NVRDC. The advocate provides support through the initial crisis phase and the recovery process, including assistance with crime victims’ compensation, housing, entry into counseling, follow-up medical care, and legal services. NVRDC is proud to partner with MedStar Washington Hospital Center, DC Forensic Nurse Examiners, and DC’s Office of Victim Services, who co-manage the DC SANE program, to provide this service.

If you would like to reach an advocate to receive a forensic medical exam for a sexual assault, you can reach us by calling the DC Victim Hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC (844-443-5732).


ADVOCACY

Victimization can be an overwhelming experience for both direct and indirect victims of crime. Immediate needs may vary based on victimization type and various other circumstances. NVRDC advocacy staff conduct an assessment of new clients’ short-term physical and mental health and personal needs and strive to meet those needs with direct services or targeted network referrals.  The purpose of ongoing advocacy is to provide victims of crime with a point of contact during their recovery process. The goal of the advocacy program is to provide ongoing assessment of victims’ needs and stabilizing support to victims and to ensure that victims’ needs are being addressed and met either through NVRDC’s services or those of a trusted referral partner.
 

WHAT DOES ADVOCACY INCLUDE?

  • Crisis intervention, coping skills, safety planning, and emotional support

  • Accompaniment during police or on-campus reporting

  • Accompaniment to court or on-campus proceedings

  • Assistance with the Crime Victims Compensation Application

  • Letters of support to your school or workplace

  • Referrals to other services and community partners, including:

    • Housing Assistance

    • Mental Health Providers & Support Groups

    • Medical Care

    • Public Assistance Program (eg. TANF, SNAP, etc)

    • Social and Educational Services


Want to learn more about our advocacy services?

Contact us by calling (202) 742-1727