Victim advocates will continue to follow the child and their family through the judicial system. We will maintain updated documents on the client to address the needs and progression involving the case, including the child and their family. The victim advocate is available to help fulfill the basic needs of the family, connect them to needed resources, help with applications, and work with the family regarding victim compensation. The advocate will follow up with the family in this timeline:
- 24-48 Hour Contact
- Must be made after the initial Forensic Interview
- Gives the client and the family time to regroup and ponder on any needs such as food, clothing, housing, behavioral, etc.
- 2 Week Contact
- Follow up and ensure that needs are being met.
- Examples: Applications are being completed, appointments are being made, and general check up on the well-being of the child and family.
- 3 Month Contact
- Answer any questions as far as the progress of the case and address any further questions, concerns, or needs.
- 6 Month Contact
- Check the status of client and family.
- Address questions, concerns, needs.
- 1 Year Contact
- This is to check the safety, well-being, and progress of the client.
- Assist with any additional needs.
The victim advocate also works to prepare the child and family for court proceedings. Mock court is available, as well as interactive web pages, slideshows, and pamphlets, to prepare for the courtroom. The advocate will accompany the child to court and assist in exercising the victim’s rights.