DVRC has 3 different kinds of advocates: Field Advocates, In-Office Advocates and Embedded Advocates.
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 a Restraining Order on site. 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 them fill out Emergency Restraining Orders, get the victim 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 do the same as a field advocate but during the day. The office advocates work in the Family Advocacy Center and have access to many services on-site like: CYFD, Para Los Ninos, SANE, APD Crisis Team, APD Stalking Unit and other DVRC services. 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 when available can accompany victims to court hearings.
Embedded Advocates are advocates that exist on-site at high-volume sites for domestic violence victims like: hospitals and court houses. 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. They exist to help the victim navigate the legal and medical systems with resources specific to their situation.