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Legal Advocacy

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Survivors for Change and Empowerment

A community based resource in collaboration with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia providing services to victims and survivors of sexualized violence. 

Building advocacy, awareness, empowerment, and allyship.

Survivors For Change And Empowerment offers one-on-one support and legal advocacy for victims and survivors of sexual assault going through the legal system.

Some of our supports include help filing a report of assault/abuse, legal advocacy and court accompaniment, support filing a complaint against the police or RCMP and more.

Each victim and survivor is unique, with their own challenges throughout the legal process;

S4C&E tailors an Legal Advocacy Program specifically for each client we serve.

Legal Advocacy with Survivor’s for Change and Empowerment


Legal advocacy within S4C&E will be distinguishable from the very few court support programs currently available to victims and survivors. Similar to other existing programs, all communications will be private and confidential, and advocates will not provide legal advice; however, an advocate with S4C&E will have a range of duties that are particular to the personal needs of each survivor, whether they have reported to the police or not. A survivor will never be required to disclose any violence they have experienced.

 

A legal advocate with S4C&E will foster a relationship of trust with a victim or survivor by providing empathetic and validating responses, and by providing a reassuring, listening ear. 

 

One-on-One Advocacy Created by Victims for Victims

We aim to lessen the burdens placed on survivors by our current systems.

Survivors are required to take on many responsibilities to ensure they remain informed, and consulted. An advocate will eliminate some of those responsibilities.

 

Services offered may include;

  • drafting letters and emails on behalf of a survivor

  • making phone calls and being a point of contact for services and institutions

  • attend court dates, meetings with the prosecution, police, healthcare staff, government institutions, and various oversight bodies (i.e. colleges, unions, and disciplinary bodies)

  • Making referrals for,

    • legal advice

    • ​community navigation

    • financial need

    • counselling

    • housing

    • food insecurity

 

Once an advocate and victim/survivor are connected, the advocate will become the primary contact

for all of the survivor’s needs from start to finish. ​

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