Acts of interpersonal violence can be traumatic and may impact many different aspects of a survivor’s life. Survivors of interpersonal violence may face challenges navigating complicated criminal justice proceedings and social service systems. Goodwin University offers resource and referral information to help survivors navigate these systems and make better informed decisions. All services are free and many are confidential.
Offers on-site counselors and advocates available to help victims of domestic violence 24 hours a day. Spanish speaking counselors and multilingual translation services are available.
Provide unbiased, non-judgmental support through nine community-based centers and provides education and information to victims and survivors of sexual violence, and their loved ones, to assist them in making decisions that are best for them.
When a survivor chooses to seek medical care at a local hospital, trained advocates meet the victim at the hospital to provide emotional support and to help the victim make informed decisions. Advocates provide supportive and a non-judgmental presence and provide information about additional services and resources.
Criminal justice system accompaniment
Survivors can choose to have advocates attend the following events with them:
- Law enforcement interviews
- Court dates
Information and referrals
Trained advocates empower victims by helping them make informed choices. They serve as a guide to the criminal justice system, offer support in completing paperwork, and are knowledgeable sources of additional resources in the community.
University Title IX and Equity process advocacy
Survivors have the right to an advisor throughout the Title IX and Equity process. This person may be chosen by the survivor or assigned by the University.