Domestic violence advocates are trained and experienced personnel in matters pertaining to domestic violence or commonly known as victim’s advocacy. They have the following roles which they offer to the survivors of a victim. First, Court advocacy: domestic violence advocates are tasked with providing services like court advocacy to the survivors. This is so because many victims usually find it hard to step in the courts. Additionally, victims usually find it problematic and confusing to access necessary forms which are used in securing protection. Moreover, this service is offered to the survivor because it’s always expensive to hire the attorney to assist them in their cases (Gosselin, 2014).
Secondly, they provide survivors with privacy and protection. Domestic violence advocates are also tasked with ensuring that the victim’s privacy is protected to the desired levels by the relevant parties. This is vital since, in some cases, victims fear to disclose their personal contact details to the public when filing for a court order, owing to the fear of the public outrage on them. Therefore, domestic violence advocates usually step in to ensure that the victim’s privacy is guaranteed (Gosselin, 2014).
In summary, domestic violence advocates perform the following specific roles: (a) offer victim services, which include counseling and hotline support services, (b) provide victim shelter which is caused by the battered women who are running for their safety and thus thereby providing a temporal safe place from harm, and (c) help in advocating for weapons like a gun to be confiscated among those individuals who have been reported to have committed violence so that the safety of the people around them is guaranteed (Gosselin, 2014).
In conclusion, domestic violence advocates are highly regarded in matters relating to domestic violence as their roles are indispensable and imperative.
Gosselin, D. K. (2014). Heavy hands: An introduction to the crimes of intimate and family violence. Pearson.