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What is a Victim Advocate?

Victim advocates are professionals trained to supportvictims of crime. Advocates offer victims information, emotional support, andhelp finding resources and filling out paperwork. Sometimes, advocates go tocourt with victims. Advocates may also contact organizations, such as criminaljustice or social service agencies, to get help or information for victims.Some advocates staff crisis hotlines, run support groups, or provide in-personcounseling. Victim advocates may also be called victim service providers,victim/witness coordinators, or victim/witness specialists.

Get "Violence Against Women Act"  Reauthorized in 2019

What if you became the victim of domestic violence or rape and learned that you had fewer resources for help in your community, from the police, or through the court system?

This could happen if the U.S. Senate fails to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

Since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first enacted in 1994, it's helped save thousands of lives - by recognizing domestic and sexual violence as crimes at the federal level, by giving organizations like COVE the vital resources they need to help women and families affected by violence and abuse, and by giving the courts and law enforcement more tools to pursue cases involving violent crimes against women.

VAWA will once again up for reauthorization in 2019 Yet it faces challenges because of partisan politics that could jeopardize the hard efforts by organizations, law enforcement, and advocates to offer victims protection and help when they urgently need it.

Don't let victims lose this lifesaving legislation. Join COVE to support the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act !

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, S.1925 introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will expand the act to provide more victims of domestic and sexual violence, including immigrant and LGBT victims, with greater access to critically-needed resources. It will support better and increased training for law enforcement, service providers, and the court system to better address the need of survivors. And, it will help break the cycles of violence and abuse by funding education provided through schools and organizations.

The  113th Congress (2013-2014) passed H.R.11 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. 

The Act Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 to expand the availability of competent pro bono legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and to authorize appropriations for such assistance for FY2014-FY2018.

Revises the grant programs for supporting families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to authorize the Attorney General to make grants to improve the response of the civil and criminal justice system to such families and to train court personnel in assisting such families.

Extends through FY2018 the authorization of appropriations for: (1) the training of probation and parole officers to manage sex offenders, and (2) the Court-Appointed Special Advocate program.

Amends the federal criminal code with respect to the crime of stalking to prohibit the use of any interactive computer or electronic communication service to stalk victims.

Revises and reauthorizes through FY2018 the grant program for outreach strategies targeted at adult or youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations.

You can make a difference. Contact your Senate representative and let them know you support victims of domestic and sexual violence. Let them know you want to see the VAWA Reauthorization Act passed because victims deserve protection and help - and because VAWA can save lives.

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