What does a Court Advocate do?
Abusers often isolate their victims from family and friends so that the victim has virtually no support system. Attending court proceedings can be especially intimidating and scary for a victim when she or he has to face the abuser alone. ATV's Court Advocates attend hearings with clients to inform clients about the process, act as a form of support, process the outcome of the hearing afterward, and safety plan.
How to become a Court Advocate:
- A 42-hour training is offered biannually that covers all aspects of being an advocate
- Must possess open, non-judgmental attitude toward survivors of crime
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Must be willing to complete a background check
- Must be willing to make a one year commitment, if possible