Advocacy at the community level is SafePlace’s method for improving the systems survivors depend on for justice, protection and support. The Community Advocacy Program fosters community allies for survivors, holds abusers accountable for their crimes and changes policy that harms victims.
Fostering community allies includes sexual assault and domestic violence education for groups such as:
- Law enforcement new recruits
- Civil Judges
- Grand jury members
- Online accredited education for nurses
- Child Protective Services new employees
Collaboration to ensure accountability by:
- Building and leading formal collaboration between professionals and organizations responding to survivors.
- Strengthening relationships with organizations that serve survivors to facilitate the best possible services to meet their needs.
- Providing guidance to batterer intervention program watch efforts.
Guidance around policies affecting survivors including:
- Proposing procedural changes to practices that re-victimize survivors or create barriers to their ability to remain safe from their abusers.
- Advancing changes that strengthen legal protection for victims.
Our expertise and initiatives help make Travis County remarkably responsive to people surviving abuse.