Legal Advocacy

These free and confidential services offer support, accompaniment, basic information, and advocacy for victims of child abuse or sexual violence. However, these services do not provide any type of legal advice.  Anyone needing detailed information about the criminal justice process or advice from an attorney is offered legal referrals in addition to the Collins Center services:

  • Accompaniment to Commonwealth's Attorneys' office
  • Accompaniment to law enforcement interviews
  • Accompaniment to court appointments
  • Information and referrals
  • Assistance identifying goals upon entering the legal system
  • Assist in assessing one’s readiness to navigate the legal system
  • Prepare for the court room experience
  • Prepare for potential outcomes of criminal proceedings
  • Identify safety plans in case a perpetrator responds violently to legal intervention