CVC’s Accompaniment & Advocacy
Although reporting crime is not a condition for receiving CVC services, at the request of victims, law enforcement, The District Attorney’s Office, medical personnel, or other professionals, CVC Advocates provide accompaniment to medical, law enforcement, Criminal/Juvenile Justice and Civil procedures for victims of crime, their families and/or significant others. Following a victimization/violence, these procedures can be overwhelming, difficult and confusing. Accompaniment/advocacy services are provided by CVC to assist victims, family members and/or significant others through these often difficult procedures. Advocacy provided by CVC is based on input from victims, their family members and/or significant others with the goal of ensuring that victim’s rights are not violated and that victims are not subjected to other adverse actions because of their victimization. CVC Advocates also assist in obtaining necessary information and provide active support to victims, their family members and/or significant others to see that their needs are met by medical, law enforcement and Criminal Justice professionals.
CVC provides accompaniment/advocacy for victims, their family members and/or significant others to all criminal/juvenile justice and civil procedures, including but not limited to:
- District Attorney interviews
- Preliminary hearings
- PFA hearings and procedures
- Pre-trial hearings
- Summary hearings
- Post-trial hearings
- Review hearings
- All other criminal/juvenile/civil proceedings for victims, their family members and/or significant others.
This accompaniment service includes courtroom orientation for all victims who would benefit from a tour of the courtroom/courthouse.