The Role of an Advocate

  • Provide accompaniment to court, police stations, hospitals, appointments, etc., as needed and wanted.
  • Be present and/or nearby at court, police stations, hospitals, etc., in order to advocate for the victim.
  • Listen to, believe, emotionally support, and act in the best interests of the victim.
  • Respect the victim and do what you can to make them comfortable.


  • Be the spokesperson for the victim if and when they cannot do so, with family, friends, professionals, etc.
  • Offer choices and explain options to the victim and support their decisions, even if you don't agree with them on a personal level — this will allow them to regain some sense of control.
  • Inform victims of relevant, available services in the community.


  • Explain the advocate role, the systems, and the processes that apply in each situation
  • Assist with safety planning
  • Help victims understand the roles of other professionals
  • Educate victims about OVS compensation
  • Assure that victims are treated fairly and in accordance with their rights in NYS


  • Act as a liaison between the victim, other professionals and other systems
  • Educate other professionals to the role of the victim advocate
  • Do not judge the victim or their lifestyle
  • Do not confront other professionals in a way that could further traumatize the victim




Last Updated: 11/13/13