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Medical Advocacy: Supporting You 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 the emergency room and intensive care unit of area hospitals 24-7. The advocate’s purpose is to provide comfort to the survivor by sharing knowledge, reinforcing the control the survivor has, facilitating communication as needed, 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 to help you make the best possible decisions for your situation
  • Advocate for your needs with the hospital staff
  • Talk with your family or friends about how to best support you
  • Help you find a safe place to go when you leave the hospital and figure out your 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 450 times a year. BARCC works in cooperation with hospitals to ensure that survivors get the best possible care.

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