The Domestic Violence Program offers court advocacy to individuals that are seeking legal protection from domestic violence.
We make sure our clients are well-informed of all of their options when deciding on a legal course of action best-suited for their case. We offer the support and assistance that victims of domestic violence need to navigate through the complexity of the court system.
The court advocate’s role is to be a support person for the victims throughout their domestic violence court case by:
- Offering emotional support
- Explaining court procedures
- Accompanying victims to court proceedings
- Providing general information and referrals to additional social/legal service resources
- Helping victims develop a safety plan
It is important to understand that the court advocate’s role with the victim is short term and they do not provide on-going case management. These representatives will advocate on behalf of clients and build relationships with other key partners at the Santa Clarita Courthouse and the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station. This allows the court advocate to gain specialist knowledge about the systems and services available to meet the individual needs of those experiencing a domestic violence situation.
Our court advocacy representatives are domestic violence advocates and do not operate under any government entity. Advocates are not attorneys and do not provide victims with legal representation. If an individual needs legal representation he/she will be referred to a legal service. Court advocacy services are offered at no cost.
To contact a court advocate, please call the DVP Outreach Center at (661) 259-8175
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