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Victim advocate programmes can reduce violence and support follow-through

Last edited: December 20, 2011

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  • Matching victims with advocates to support them through the process of seeking justice and safety has been shown to increase follow-through on prosecutions and to reduce the amount of future violence in the lives of women who had left abusive relationships (Sullivan and Bybee, 1999; Goodman Bennett and Dutton, 1999).
  • Victim advocate programmes also have been shown to be effective in supporting victims of sexual assault, specifically by reducing the number of case withdrawals, and as a part of integrated victim support centres (Lovett et al. 2004).

For more on victim advocate programmes, see establish dedicated court-affiliated centres for women and girl survivors of violence.