Victim Advocacy

Every Non-Offending Member of a Victim’s Family is in Need of Support

There is no such thing as a single child abuse victim. When a child in a family is abused, everyone in the family feels the effects to some degree. Stress levels increase, questions about protection surface, new parenting questions arise, and there are often the stressors of non-support by family and friends who are unwilling to believe that the offender is capable of having committed such a crime. Often there is also the loss of income that was vital to the financial survival of the family.

In addition, most non-offending parents have no experience with the court system or the process through which they and their child will be going through. It is vital that they be given support throughout this time in order to maintain as much stability as possible. Our staff provides this support from the time the parent and child walk through the doors until the end of the case (this can be from six months to two years).

Cassidy Sawyer

In her own words, our Victim Advocate, Cassidy Sawyer, sees herself as someone that caregivers can “unload upon.” In addition to giving caregivers the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings, Cassidy also connects them with services and resources in the community. Cassidy works closely with the Victim Advocate at the District Attorney’s Office to keep families informed of how their court cases are progressing, and provides courtroom support for caregivers when needed.