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Court & Medical Advocacy

advocacyCourt Advocacy

Offered in the Cook County courthouses at Markham and Bridgeview, court advocates provide vital support for victims of domestic violence and assistance in understanding the court process. Court advocates also provide legal educational groups and IDVA education for residential clients of the Crisis Center, crisis intervention and follow-up contact to victims.

In FY2014, 1,337 victims of domestic violence received 9,765 hours of court advocacy services. Staff assisted victims with filing 704 orders of protection.

Medical Advocacy

Medical professionals are often the first contact for victims of domestic violence. In many cases, someone from the medical field represents a safe and familiar option for a victim who wishes to reveal instances of abuse. The Medical Advocacy program provides support services to individuals and families affecred by domestic violence. Our program is offered in partnership with community, hospitals, and medical clients. Through this partnership, medical advocates provide: emotional support, education on the dynamics of domestic violence relationships, safety planning specific to each situation, and counseling & legal assistance referrals. This program has recently been reorganized and is developing new procedures to increase its impact during this coming year.  

Community Policing

In collaboration with ten suburban police departments, Crisis Center staff members work with police to follow up with victims of domestic violence, provide information on Illinois laws relating to domestic violence, and help victims receive the services they need. This program served over 800 victims in FY2014.

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