Nationally, less than 3 percent of domestic violence victims press charges against their abuser. Victims of domestic violence typically do not view themselves as crime victims.
The Advocacy Program at My Sister’s House assists those victims who consider either pressing charges or filing for an Order of Protection.
The Advocacy Program was established in order to provide victims with support and information regarding legal issues and procedures.
This program is made possible because of our Court Advocate, Nicole Burnham, and several dedicated volunteer victim advocates who accompany clients to court and assist them with filing court documents.
In addition to their initial volunteer training, victim advocate volunteers attend a two-hour training session where the laws that affect the population served by My Sister’s House, Inc. are discussed in greater detail. Topics covered in the training session include the Protection from Domestic Violence Abuse Act, the Criminal Domestic Violence Act, court appearance and preparation, victim’s/witness’ rights, both the stalking and marital rape laws, and victim compensation.
The Advocacy Program seeks to inform victims of their rights which enables them to make an informed choice.