The Springfield Police Department has announced the hiring of two new in-house victim advocates.
One advocate will be employed by Harmony House, the other by the Victim Center, but both will be working at the Springfield Police Department headquarters and will be working directly with police personnel to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
“Despite everything happening in our community with COVID-19, we are still working to best serve the citizens of Springfield,” Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams said in a statement. “I am pleased and excited to welcome the victim advocates. They will be an important resource and source of tremendous support for victims.”
The advocates will provide personal advocacy and support services for primary and secondary victims who have reported a crime or are considering reporting a crime to law enforcement.
They will attend interactions between law enforcement and victims, as well as court related activities. They will provide support for victims in filing police reports and will help victims understand the criminal justice process.
The advocates were made possible because of grant funding from the Office of Violence Against Women.