Advocacy

Medical Advocacy

Advocates respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year to hospital emergency rooms. Medical Advocates assist victims in making informed choices concerning medical procedures and can interface on behalf of the victim with hospital staff and law enforcement.

Legal Advocacy

Dealing with the criminal justice system can be intimidating, confusing, and frustrating. Legal Advocates will explain your rights as a victim and provide information about the process of the criminal justice system. PCASA coordinates the linkages between the various organizations (Police, State’s Attorney, and Hospitals) in order to streamline the delivery of services to a rape victim. Our staff can provide information about the status of a case before, during and after prosecution. Legal advocates are available to represent the victim at preliminary legal hearings and can assist with protective orders.