Delivering vital services when and where victims need them most
Founded in 1989, our Precinct Advocacy Program was the first program of its kind in the nation, and remains the only of its kind in Suffolk County.
We place an advocate in all seven Suffolk County Police Department Precincts and make vital victim services available immediately following a violent incident. This is a critical time when interventions make a huge difference in ensuring the safety of the victim and any children and securing legal protections. Advocates can also meet with clients in the hospitals in their precinct area.
Our advocates also provide police officers with valuable insight into the issue of domestic violence, so that police are best able to respond to domestic incidents.
Our Precinct Advocates:
- Educate victims about the dynamics of an abusive relationship
- Explain what to expect if a police report is filed
- Go over the options available under the law, including orders of protection
- Assist in developing a safety plan
- Link clients with our court advocacy and shelter services as well as other community resources
Our Court Advocates are available to accompany victims in Family, District and Supreme Court. They provide support and direct assistance in obtaining orders of protection. They also can assist with safety assessments and safety planning, and provide referrals to our other services and additional community resources.
- We provided advocacy services to 2,286 individuals in 2016.
To speak with a Court or Precinct Advocate, please contact our 24-hour hotline at 631-666-8833.