How can an advocate help?

    Advocates offer victims information about the different options available to them and support victims' decision-making. Advocates do not tell victims what to do. Advocates are committed to maintaining the highest possible levels of confidentiality in their communications with victims. An advocate's goal is to help victims' process by providing tools to them, as well as their family, to start in the healing process.


How an Advocate Can Help:


  • Providing information on victims' legal rights and protections

  • Providing information on the criminal justice process

  • Providing emotional support to victims

  • Helping victims with safety planning

  • Helping victims with victim compensation applications

  • Remaining with you (if you wish) throughout your examination, explaining all medical procedures and tests

  • Explaining your options and choices concerning police reporting and legal rights

  • Talking about the emotions and trauma that typically follow acts of sexual violence

  • Providing support and assistance to victims and family members



              *For more information or questions call us at 1-877-362-4612

Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault

P.O. Box 996

Spencer, Iowa 51301


Office Number: 712-262-4612

Fax Number: 712-262-7616


                     Buena Vista: 712-732-8120

                     Calhoun: 712-363-5713

                     Carroll: 712-363-5713

                     Cherokee: 712-225-5003

                     Clay: 712-262-4612

                     Crawford: 712-363-5483

                     Dickinson: 712-362-3200                      

                     Emmet: 712-362-3200 

                     Ida: 712-225-5003

                     Lyon: 712-363-5686




County Office Numbers

                      Monona: 712-363-5483

                      O'Brien: 712-262-4612

                      Osceola: 712-363-5686

                      Palo Alto: : 712-262-4612

                      Plymouth: 712-363-5488

                      Pocahontas: 712-732-8120

                      Sac: 712-363-5713

                      Sioux: 712--363-5686

                      Woodbury: 712-255-2432




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