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Advocacy2021-03-19T10:14:15-04:00

Emergency Advocacy

The Women’s Resource Center provides a 24-hour emergency response system for victims of sexual and domestic violence. When requested, Emergency Advocates meet victims at hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and other public locations (universities/college campuses, K-12 schools) in the New River Valley.

Specially trained in trauma-informed care, Emergency Advocates assist women, men, and children immediately following a crisis. Advocates provide emotional support, information, options, and follow-up services to victims and their loved ones, and remain with a victim for as long as needed.

If you have specific questions about seeking medical care after a sexual assault, please call our 24/7 hotline at 540.639.1123. For more information on the Emergency Advocacy (EA) Program, contact our Sexual Assault Program Coordinator at 540.639.9592.

Legal Advocacy

The WRC does not provide legal advice.

The Women’s Resource Center provides justice-related assistance to individuals experiencing sexual violence, domestic violence, or stalking. Understanding the impact that violence has on individuals, the Legal Advocacy Program offers trauma-informed support to all victims as they navigate the criminal justice system.

As with other WRC Services, all assistance through the Legal Advocacy Program is free and confidential. Legal Advocates and Justice System Navigators are available during business hours to answer questions and provide information surrounding the court process, either in person or over the phone. Additionally, accompaniment to all legal proceedings is available. Wrap-around services during the process and following the conclusion of legal proceedings may include emergency shelter, counseling, housing assistance, or safety planning.

Services Offered

Navigating the legal system can be difficult and confusing for people who have experienced violence. Legal Advocates and Justice System Navigators are available to provide information and assistance in many areas related to the judicial process. Services include:

  • Information and assistance related to protective orders
  • Assistance in filing paperwork related to custody, visitation, or child support
  • Assistance in filing paperwork for criminal warrants
  • Accompaniment to interviews with law enforcement or to the Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Court preparation assistance
  • Assistance in filing for Legal Aid Representation
  • Assistance in completing paperwork for the Virginia Victims Fund
  • Information and referral to other agencies and resources in the New River Valley

To speak with a Legal Advocate, call our hotline at 540.639.1123.