The Essential Advocate: How Victim Service Advocates Can Help Students
Many victim service providers – both community or within an institution of higher education (IHE)-based – are familiar with helping survivors of dating/domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking (DVSAS) through the criminal justice process. Victim advocates provide invaluable support to survivors including helping those who have filed criminal complaints and are struggling to keep up with dates, paperwork, and their own recovery process. The two processes are different and victim advocates must understand both to help student survivors decide if they want to file complaints with either of these systems. This guide provides an overview of an IHE conduct process to help victim service providers support student survivors to make informed choices.