A Court Advocate is a qualified, trained staff or volunteer whose duties are to assist victims/survivors and any dependents in certain legal matters relevant to their situation.
Court Advocates at Bridges DVC provide advocacy to victims/survivors of domestic violence by providing support, information, assistance, safety planning, accompaniment, referrals and intervention as the victim/survivor navigates through various aspects of the civil and/or criminal legal system. Court Advocates cannot ask as licensed attorneys and are not permitted to give legal advice unless licensed as attorneys.
How Do Court Advocates At Bridges Domestic Violence Center Help Victims/Survivors Navigate The Legal System?
Here at Bridges Domestic Violence Center, we understand that navigating the legal system can be challenging. Our experienced domestic abuse court advocates are dedicated to helping victims and survivors of domestic violence through these difficult proceedings. Our services are offered in the Williamson County Courts and are offered for those seeking civil orders of protections as well as assisting those going through the criminal court process because they are a victim of domestic/sexual assault, or stalking.
To help victims handle their legal challenges and ensure they have clear guidance and companionship throughout the entire process, we provide the following:
How Can Bridges Domestic Violence Center Help Me As A Victim/Survivor?
In addition to our Court Advocacy Program, we offer many other services to help domestic violence victims. Examples of a few of our services include:
- Community Resources. Through strategic efforts, we strive to inform and educate our neighbors on how they can help support victims and survivors and receive support if they are experiencing violence.
- Batterer’s Intervention. We give participants tools for healthy relationships with everyone in their lives by providing skills for nonviolent conflict resolution skills through education.
- Child Advocacy. Our children’s advocates are trained to ensure each child receives the age-appropriate support, care, and counsel they need through this painful and delicate time, while they are in shelter.
- Support Groups. Our domestic violence support groups give a safe and caring environment for victims and survivors of abusive relationships. These groups provide an encouraging space for healing and personal growth, so no one has to face their trauma alone.
We give a heartfelt shout-out and “thank you” to our incredible partners and donors!
As the only domestic violence shelter in Williamson County, Tennessee, Bridges Domestic Violence Center is dedicated to helping victims and survivors find a pathway to safety and independence. Our not-for-profit, non-discriminatory organization offers life-changing services and programs free of charge to anyone who has experienced physical, mental, or sexual abuse.
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We are a member agency of United Way of Greater Nashville.