DVRC is proud to provide three different kinds of advocates - Field Advocates, In-Office Advocates, and Embedded Advocates - to victims depending on their individual needs. Our team is here for you. Here are the similarities and differences between Field Advocates, In-Office Advocates, and Embedded Advocates:
Advocates to meet you where you are!
Field Advocates have the ability to meet the victim at the scene of the domestic violence incident and talk to them about resources, services and to help them fill out any legal paperwork like Restraining Orders on-site. Field Advocates are not law enforcement and instead exist as a mediator to help the victim understand their rights and resources to help them get safe. They have the ability to help victims fill out Emergency Restraining Orders and get them to a safe place, like a family or friend's home, the hospital or a domestic violence shelter. They meet the victim where they are and provide in-the-moment advocacy and hope.
In-Office Advocates have the ability to perform the same duties as a field advocate but only during regular business hours. In-Office Advocates work in the Family Advocacy Center and have access to many services on-site including but not limited to: CYFD, Para Los Ninos, SANE, APD Crisis Team and APD Stalking Unit. They help the victim walk through the complexities of their situation and understand they are not alone. They help fill out legal paperwork for restraining orders and can accompany victims to court hearings, when available.
Embedded Advocates are advocates that exist on-site at high-volume locations for domestic violence victims, such as hospitals and courthouses. They help victims navigate the legal and medical systems and provide resources specific to their situations. We currently have an Embedded Advocate located at Albuquerque's District Attorney's office and the 2nd Judicial Court House. We will soon have an Embedded Advocate located at both Presbyterian and the University of New Mexico Hospitals.