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Medical Advocacy: Get Support at the Hospital

I had never felt so alone in my life, but there you were with me every step of the way.

Our highly trained and supervised volunteer and staff advocates will meet survivors and their significant others at area hospitals 24-7 (emergency rooms and intensive care units). The advocate’s purpose is to provide comfort to the survivor by sharing knowledge, offering empowering support, helping survivors talk with medical staff, and ensuring the survivor has next steps and referrals. 

What a medical advocate can do for you

Immediately following an assault you may face many emotional, medical, and legal decisions. If you would like a medical advocate for support, the hospital will call one to support you while the evidence is collected. Advocates can do the following:

  • Meet you at the hospital emergency room and stay with you during your visit
  • Provide information so you can make the best possible decisions for your situation
  • Advocate for your needs before, during, and after the exam
  • Talk with your family or friends who come to the hospital about how to best support you
  • Offer resources and referrals, including a follow-up call within 48 hours
  • Help you find a safe place to go when you leave the hospital and figure out your immediate next steps

What services do medical advocates provide?

Medical advocates provide in-person, compassionate, and knowledgeable support to survivors and their families in hospital emergency departments 24 hours a day during sexual assault exam and evidence collection kits.

Who are BARCC medical advocates?

BARCC’s medical advocates are specially trained rape crisis counselors who understand the hospital emergency room experience. They go to the hospital over 500 times a year. BARCC works with hospitals to help survivors get the best possible care.

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