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The Essential Advocate: How Victim Service Advocates Can Help Students

How Victim Service Advocates Can Help Students (English | Spanish)

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.

Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Since 2010, Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MsCASA) has been a technical assistance provider to campuses that are recipients of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women “Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus”. To ensure more effective responses to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus they provide comprehensive training and technical assistance on:

  • Developing campus policies & protocols
  • Implementing campus policies and protocols
  • Training programs for hearing officers and disciplinary boards.
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