Medical Advocacy

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DOVE Center sponsors a team of trained advocates who provide one-on-one support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and rape and the hospital. There is an advocate on call 24/7. Advocates provide emotional support during forensic exams, and information and resources about follow-up services. They assist victims with applications to Utah Office of Victims of Crime for reimbursement of medical costs associated with the crime committed against them. Advocates often provide supportive information and resources to friends and family of the fictim as well to help them better understand how to not only support their loved one as they heal and recover, but also themselves as secondary survivors. Medical advocates provide victims with new, clean clothes and underwear at the hospital and help arrange transportation to a safe place when needed.