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If you accompany victims to court as an advocate, you need to understand common issues facing victims in court, the possibilities and limits of your role, and how the courts work.
- Tips for Community-Based Victim Advocates in DV and IDV Courts
- How Advocates Can Help Victims in Court
- What Advocates Can and Can’t Do in Court
- Common Phrases and Acronyms in Domestic Violence Court
Other Useful Resources:
- Address Confidentiality Program (ACP): The New York Department of State has developed a program that allows domestic violence victims to keep their addresses private. You can be approved to assist victims with ACP applications by completing an webinar through the New York Department of State.
- NYSCADV Prevention Tool Kit: You will find of tools and resources that can be used to support prevention strategies on a local, regional and statewide level.
- Funding: The Bureau of Finance and Operations administers federal and state grants to local domestic violence service providers, educational institutions and not-for-profits. The Bureau is responsible for the administration of several local grant programs with annual funding of nearly $2 million.
- WomensLaw.org: Information on state laws, preparing for court, finding a lawyer, etc., from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
- LawHelp.org: Legal Aid referrals for all states.
- Office of Court Administration: Descriptions of different NYS courts.
- Victim Information and Notification Everyday: Information on how to get an offender’s status and location.