We provide advocacy services to victims of domestic violence. These services are for people who are in the shelter as well as those who are not.
We are not attorneys. We can give you legal information but not legal advice. We are here to help identify needs, options, and resources within the community. As with the shelter services, safety and confidentiality are among our most significant concerns. For example, we can help with the judicial system, including helping in the preparation of petitions for Orders of Protection. We will work with law enforcement and prosecutor’s offices on behalf of victims as well as attorneys that are representing our clients.
We can accompany individuals to appointments that are related to domestic violence, and may be able to provide transportation to those appointments.
RISE has two advocates on site at the Broome Co. Department of Social Services who work specifically with individuals who have domestic violence and child abuse or neglect issues. RISE is required to report any suspected issues of child abuse or neglect.
The advocacy office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Appointments can be made by calling 6O7.748.5174.