Webster’s Dictionary defines an “advocate” as a person “who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group.”
In victim services, advocates play a critical role in helping individuals whose lives have been disrupted and forever changed by crime. Referencing this week’s readings, answer the following questions:
Is a systems-based advocate truly able to “advocate” for victims as defined above?
Some community-based domestic violence organizations and rape crisis centers have been known to employ survivors. Can you think of any potential risks to having a survivor work at these agencies in a direct services capacity?
When considering Webster’s definition, is there an advocacy role that would lend itself particularly well to a survivor? In other words, in what ways might a survivor be effective in advocating for victims beyond a direct services role?
Discuss systems-based advocacy, community-based advocacy and survivor-based advocacy as symbiotic. In other words, how can different advocacy fields complement one another in promoting and advancing the interests of victims at large?
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