Advocacy & Case Management
WE CAN PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING SERVICES TO THE VICTIMS OF CRIMES:
Crisis Intervention. 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 staff will provide an assessment of short-term physical, mental health, and personal needs and attempt to meet those needs with direct services or targeted network referrals.
Any victim of sexual assault who seeks a 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 with questions or 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).
Case Management. Ongoing case management will be provided in order to provide victims with a point of contact during their recovery process. The goal of the case management unit is to provide ongoing assessment of victim needs, stabilizing support and advocacy to victims and to ensure that victim’s needs are being addressed and met either through NVRDC’s services or those of a trusted referral partner. Services provided may include, but are not limited to:
• Safety planning
• Victim notification
• Crime Victims Compensation assistance
• Criminal justice support and court accompaniment
• Interpretation services
• Civil legal support and court accompaniment
• Resource information and referrals
In the near future, we hope to expand our services and provide Therapeutic Services. At that time, NVRDC will offer:
• Diagnostic assessment
• Individual trauma counseling
• Group therapy
• Peer support opportunities