What is domestic violence advocacy?

Domestic violence program advocates have accurate information about domestic violence and are experienced in providing assistance and creating safety plans. They help you to identify options appropriate for you.

They understand the criminal justice, family court, and social services systems and are familiar with other community resources that might be useful to you.

In addition to giving you good information, advocates can provide you with practical and emotional support. Getting help from someone who has experience working with those victimized by domestic violence and who knows how to work with the different systems can make things a lot easier for you.

FJC advocates can explain what the police and courts in New York State can do for you and how things work in Buffalo and Erie County. Advocates can help you decide whether to use the system, assist with accessing the system, and guide you through the various steps of the legal process.

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