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What is an Advocate?

At Prevail, services are provided by advocates, not therapists, counselors, or psychologists. An adult advocate’s role is to educate, support, and empower individuals who have experienced crime or abuse. An adult advocate does not diagnose mental health conditions or provide medications. Adult advocates know that an individual’s previous experiences impact their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors now. Adult advocates seek to guide clients as they develop a better understanding of the crime or abuse they have been through, developing a context for the situation and reducing feelings of guilt, shame, anger, and sadness.

Adult advocates collaborate with other service providers who may be involved with an individual in order to increase communication and ensure that each client’s needs are being met. Adult advocates provide a safe space for individuals to talk about their experiences, to feel validated, and begin to heal from the crime or abuse that has occurred in their life.

Adult advocates also do not provide legal counsel or suggestions, but can provide referrals to attorneys in the area that would meet your needs.

Prevail offers services FREE OF CHARGE to victims and their families. Contact us today for more information.

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