Victim Advocacy and Support

The focus of victim support and advocacy is to help reduce trauma for the child and non-offending family members and to improve outcomes. The goal at Dearing House is to ensure a consistent and comprehensive network of support for the child and family through victim-centered advocacy. 

Victim-centered advocacy serves to ensure a consistent and comprehensive network of support for the child and family such as:                                                     

Crisis intervention and support at all stages of investigation and prosecution
Attendance and/or coordination of interviews and/or case review
Greeting and orientation of children and families to the Child Advocacy Center
Updates on case status to the family
Provision of court education, support, and accompaniment
Assistance in receiving services and referrals to community resources
Referrals to mental health and medical treatment if services are not provided

Follow up services and support/advocacy is available to victims and their family/guardians during the investigation and prosecution of their case. Periodic contact will be provided to insure ongoing support and education.