Crime Victim Advocate Staff
Hodac's on-staff Crime Victim Advocates help empower crime victims by offering a supportive environment, help navigating the legal process, and formulating preventive safety procedures.
Trained Crime Victim Advocates provide caring, compassionate services and referral. These advocates work closely with victims to increase their awareness of the misdemeanor court system and legal proceedings, ensuring that victims have a voice in the court process. Advocates are not attorneys, but they can accompany victims to hearings and assist in arraignments, bond hearings, trials and plea agreements. When appropriate, Hodac's trained advocates offer specific follow-up help for urgent situations.
Because prevention and planning are important elements of safety, Hodac's Advocates can also help establish safety plans for daily living and emergency situations.
Crime Victim Advocate Volunteers
Hodac’s Crime Victim Advocate Volunteers respond to local hospitals to assist victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Volunteers provide information, referrals, any emergency supplies needed, and – most of all – compassion and a high level of emotional support during a difficult and frightening time. Their role is to ensure that the victim’s needs are met and that he/she is treated fairly and with respect by other agencies involved in the incident. This unconditional support works to empower the victim, allowing them to regain control of their life.
You can help by volunteering with Hodac. Screenings and 16 hours (two days) of class training are required. For a volunteer application, and more information about volunteering, click here.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E)
Hodac works closely with our area’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. SANEs are forensic nurses who are an essential part of the sexual assault response team – they collect evidence. They may be called on to provide expert court testimony.
To become a SANE, an RN must complete 40 hours of didactic and 40 hours of clinical requirements that meet the standards set forth by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (www.iafn.org).