Advocacy

When something traumatic has happened to you, you may need someone to support you and help find the services you need to recover from your bad experience.

Day One - AdvocacyWhat has happened to you is not your fault.

Talking about what has happened may be difficult for you. Day One's Advocates are here to listen to you, validate your feelings, assist you with feeling safe and give you resources and information about all of your options. Advocates are also available to answer any questions your non-offending family members and friends may have or explain the process to them as well.

What is an Advocate?

Advocates are volunteers or staff members who are trained to provide information and support to victims of crime. Their role is to ensure that your voice is being heard throughout the process. Advocates can be present during your visit at a hospital or during your statement to police to make you feel more comfortable and supported.

An Advocate can also assist you after the fact by making sure that you are updated on the status of your case and know your rights as a victim. They can answer any questions you have about the process and go with you to the police station, court or the Attorney General’s Office. Day One has many advocates available to support you with whatever you need to heal and be safe.

Law Enforcement Advocates:

Law Enforcement Advocates (LEAs) are Advocates employed by Day One and other Victim Service Agencies in the state but are physically based out of local police departments. LEAs have access to the Police Department’s reporting system and follow-up with every sexual assault and/or domestic violence victim that has reported an incident to the police.

If the police department you reported your crime to has an LEA, you may receive a phone call or a letter from an LEA checking in to see how you are doing. The LEA is also available to answer any questions you have about your case and can update you on the status of your case. The LEA can also explain other options including restraining orders, counseling services and other local referrals that you can benefit from.

If you need to provide the police with a follow-up statement, the LEA can be available to accompany you during that statement. The LEA can also assist you with the prosecution process by tracking your case through the system, going with you to meetings with prosecutors and attending court hearings with you.

Law Enforcement Advocates are in every police department across the state!

Helpline Advocates:

Day One's Helpline Advocates are trained volunteers or staff members. They are on call 24/7 and are available to respond in person to meet victims of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and domestic violence or hate crimes at local hospitals and/or police stations. Helpline Advocates provide support, crisis intervention, information, and referrals for services. They will answer any questions you may have.

Helpline Advocates are there to make sure you feel supported and respected during this process. They are only involved with your case at this first stage. A Helpline Advocate will get your contact information and have a Day One staff member follow up with you within three business days. At that point, you will be referred to a staff member for continued advocacy services.

Office of Victim Services:

The Office of Victim Services (OVS) is located at the RI Department of Corrections (RIDOC). The OVS is a partnership between Day One and the RIDOC. Advocates located at the OVS are available to assist you if your offender is currently incarcerated at the ACI or is under the supervision of the RIDOC.

Day One Advocates at the OVS work with victims of sexual assault, child molestation and domestic violence. Both Advocates can help by giving you updates on the custody status of your offender and linking you with your offender’s probation officer.

The Intensive Sex Offender Unit of Probation and Parole Victim Advocate works specifically with the RIDOC staff that supervises sex offenders. Many times victims and their loved ones have questions about the release of an offender. The Victim Advocate can answer those questions and can assist you by creating a safety plan and/or give you referrals for counseling and other resources. The Victim Advocate also acts as your voice with probation and parole officers as well as sex offender treatment providers.

The VINE Victim Advocate is in charge of managing Rhode Island’s Victim Notification System RI-VINE. The VINE Victim Advocate is available to answer any questions about the RI-VINE system. The VINE Victim Advocate also works very closely with the Domestic Violence Unit of Probation and Parole to make sure that you are notified when your offender is going to be supervised by that Unit and to assist you in creating a plan that makes you feel safe while your offender is out in the community.

What is RI-VINE?

RI-VINE stands for Victim Information and Notification Everyday. It is a free, anonymous, computer-assisted telephone service that provides inmate custody information and notification of changes in inmate custody status. While VINE was created with victims in mind, it is available to anyone concerned about the custody of an inmate at the ACI.

You can get inmate custody information by calling 1-877-RI-4-VINE or go online to www.vinelink.com. If you would like to request more information about RI-VINE, or if you would like to register to receive a notification, please call the Office of Victim Services at 401-462-5203.

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Legal Advocacy Programs:

Legal advocacy includes personal and individual support. Legal advocates do things like help you get restraining orders and explain the legal process to you. They also have education and outreach programs for schools, the public, or other community professionals in order to help others understand sexual assault and how to be sensitive to what crime victims are going through.

The purpose of legal advocacy is to provide you with accurate information so that you can be fully informed and ready when you find yourself operating within the legal system. Staff advocates are available to provide information about the criminal justice process and ongoing emotional support. They can also make referrals, and serve as liaisons with the police and the Department of the Attorney General.

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

SART is a legal advocacy program intended to offer victims of sexual assault, age 14 years and older who have reported an incident to police, with information and emotional support through their experience with the criminal justice system.

SART is a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach made up of all Rhode Island law enforcement, Day One and the RI Attorney General's Office. SART helps keep you updated on the status of your case, serves as a liaison between you and other members of the MDT, coordinates victim interviews, provides police and court accompaniments and provides support, advocacy and referral services as needed.

All Legal Advocacy and SART services are provided free of charge.

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