Medical Advocacy

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DOVE Center is proud to sponsor a team of advocates who provide one-on-one support to victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence at the hospital. This team is called Hospital Advocate Response Team (HART). Advocates help victims define needs, explore options, and ensure their rights are respected during the hospital exam and police interview. They assist victims with accessing community resources and applying for reimbursement of crime-related expenses from the Utah Office for Victims of Crime. While at the hospital, advocates sometimes assist family and friends of a victim to better understand what’s happening to their loved one and how to give and get support. Essentially, hospital advocates are there to provide emotional support to victims.