Advocacy for victims and survivors is at the core of PAVSA's programming.
PAVSA provides crisis line answered by trained advocates 24 hours a day and staff advocates are available for ongoing support and consultation.
PAVSA advocates work closely with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) to provide support, answer questions and offer resource and options during a sexual assault exam. Hospital advocates are well-versed in reporting options and are available to provide support during preliminary law enforcement interviews. Advocacy is also available for secondary survivors who accompany a victim to the hospital.
PAVSA advocates are available to provide support to victims who are navigating the criminal justice system, working with civil attorneys, applying for government aid, working with County Social Services, or any other number of systems based issues they may be facing. Staff advocates have strong working relationships with professionals from area law enforcement agencies, the County Attorney.s Office, the hospitals and Social Services, all of which are members of PAVSA's multi-disciplinary team.