The Court Advocate will ensure that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have a safe place to go where they can receive the resources that will empower them and facilitate the exertion of their personal and legal rights. The Court Advocate will increase a victim’s access and ability to participate in the legal system in order to strengthen their individual capacities and decrease vulnerabilities to violence.
The Court Advocate helps the client prepare for the court hearing as well as provide emotional support. The Court Advocate also offers assistance with protection orders by completing the paperwork, comprehending the instructions on where to file, and how to enforce the order. Assistance is also provided when trying to find low-cost or no-cost legal services along with navigating through the legal system. The Court Advocate has a Legal Resources Booth at the Onslow County Courthouse where information is distributed about the Onslow Women’s Center and the services that the agency provides. The Court Advocate supplies information about court procedures to battered women who are seeking protection from the court, and gives referral information when necessary.