Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Downloadable Resource for Sexual Assault Advocates and Attorneys

 From the Victim Rights Law Center...

Beyond the Criminal Justice System: Using the Law to Help Restore the Lives of Sexual Assault Victims 
A Practical Guide for Attorneys and Advocates -

This manual is dedicated to answering a simple question: What do you do

when a sexual assault victim walks through your door and asks for legal help? This manual provides simple, direct guidance for attorneys and advocates trying to answer that question. It is a practical guide that includes concrete lessons about how to conduct an effective intake, how to spot important legal issues, and how best to respond to sexual assault victims’ legal needs. Chapters 1-7 summarize issues that intersect with, and often transcend, victims’ legal needs (e.g., privacy, safety, mental health, and medical matters). Chapters 8-14 provide an overview of specific legal practice areas, and victims’ rights and remedies in those areas. Both components are written with advocates’ and attorneys’ daily practices in mind.

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