Rise offers confidential advocacy services to victims of domestic violence, whether or not they require shelter. All advocates assist with safety planning, education about the dynamics of abusive relationships, referrals to our other services, help with community resources, and emergency assistance for necessities. Advocates also focus on the following areas:
Advocates provide assistance in Family Court with obtaining orders of protection, child support and custody, and violations and modifications. They can also assist with legal counsel affidavits and advocacy with attorneys. They also provide court accompaniment from the initial appearance through the trial, in both family and criminal court.
Our advocates work with all local law enforcement, though we have advocates placed at both the Johnson City Police Department and the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. These advocates help to reach victims at a critical time, when they are most in need of supports to keep their families safe. Advocates assist with interactions with police officers, police escorts to recover personal property, and records and notifications information and requests.
Child Protective Services
Advocates provide early intervention to families identified in CPS state reports or Family Services cases. They work closely with caseworkers on initial home visits and advocating for the victim and provide information to the victim on CPS reports and other services.
Department of Social Services:
A lack of financial knowledge or resources can trap many victims in abusive relationships. Our advocates provide information and help applying for temporary assistance, food stamps, and other benefits.
The advocacy office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Appointments can be made by calling 6O7.748.5174