What is an advocate?

Definition of an advocate according to Merriam-Webster:

  1. somebody giving support: somebody who supports or speaks in favor of something
  2. helper: somebody who acts or intercedes on behalf of another

SafePlace advocacy services are available 24-hours a day, free of charge.

We work for the family, the survivor, not for any systems:

[media] Our only priorities are your autonomy and choice.[/media]

An advocate’s role is:

  • Supporting you and giving you information about your choices at every stage of your process.
  • Explaining what’s going to happen next, what to expect.
  • Knowing different resources, support, and information available for you and helping connect you with them. (Examples: emotional, legal, medical, parenting, housing, or financial support)
  • Being a good listener, providing emotional support, and promoting your safety and security.

Your communications with advocates are privileged and confidential, bound by the same laws protecting your communications with medical and legal professionals. (RCW 5.60.060, 7(a) and (b))

Also, you have the legal right to an advocate (or other personal representative) during treatment or proceedings related to assault/abuse:

[quote]“If the victim of a sexual assault so desires, a personal representative of the victim’s choice may accompany the victim to the hospital or other health care facility, and to proceedings concerning the alleged assault, including police and prosecution interviews and court proceedings.”  ~ (RCW 70.125.060)[/quote]