Spokane Crime Victim Service Center

24-Hour Hotline

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What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is a process of “standing up” for the victim. It assumes that at times practices or general conditions will prevent a person from receiving the consideration she or he needs. Likewise, these conditions and practices may prevent the victim from thinking of being assertive in her or his own behalf. The goal of advocacy is the secure the rights and dignity of the victim.

Advocate’s Primary Responsibilities

  • Listen and believe what the victim is saying. Be there to empathize, inform, explain, clarify, support, and provide aid on practical issues, including dealing with loved ones, as well as medical and legal personnel.
  • Focus on the victim’s reactions and feelings to the crime. Do not become enmeshed in other problems except as they may relate to the crime.
  • Assist the victim in regaining a sense of control over her own life. The victim needs to be presented with possible options, but must make his/her own decisions for action.
  • Support the victim. Do not judge, blame, or investigate the individual situation.

Victim Empowerment

  • Allowing the victim to be him/herself in feelings and in needs.
  • Allowing the victim to heal at his/her own pace.
  • Anticipating the victim’s reactions to the crisis without forcing the process.
  • Realizing that people can heal and emerge stronger from a crisis.

Victim's Rights: We Work hard to ensure your rights are upheld.

  • Right to have an advocate
  • Right to Compensation
  • Right to be Informed
  • Right to be Present
  • Right to Protection
  • Right to be Heard
  • Right to Records

Crimes Can Include:

  • Assault
  • Fraud/Identity Theft
  • Kidnapping
  • Missing Persons
  • Trafficking
  • Child/Elder Abuse
  • Hate Crimes
  • Robbery
  • Property Crimes
  • DUI Crashes
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Homicide