Advocating for and guiding survivors through complex court systems. Services include advocacy in State and City courts and encompass the following: Adult Orders of Protection, Child Orders of Protection, Legal Referrals and Legal Clinics, and to provide survivors of domestic violence with support in planning for safety and assistance accessing community resources.
The criminal justice system can be daunting for anyone, let alone someone who is experiencing the trauma of being a victim of crime. When survivors of domestic violence step into a court room, they are often coming face to face with the person who hurt them for the first time since the assault, and it can be terrifying.
Advocates talk victims through what will happen in court, walk with them through court hearings and answer any questions the victim may have – and this is all before entering the court room!
The program impact is incredibly substantial to those entering the legal system. Rose Brooks’ services include, but are not limited to, safety planning, crisis intervention, assistance with community resources and filing orders of protection. We additionally provide support to victims in criminal court and protection order court in matters such as explaining court procedures, accompanying victims to hearings, assisting in filing for protection orders, assisting victims through the processes should an order be violated, and filing for Crime Victims’ Compensation.
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