The objective of the Domestic Violence Victim Advocate is to create a safe environment in which
the victim feels free to make choices regarding the crime that was committed against them. The
victim advocate is sensitive to the needs of domestic violence victims and always keeps the safety
of the victim in mind when serving as a liaison between the victim and the criminal justice system.
The victim advocate works closely with the prosecuting and deputy attorney in making domestic
violence crime victims an integral part of the criminal justice process including notification of
hearing, trial and sentencing date. By working together we can effect positive change in making
our community safe for everyone.
A Step By Step Guide to Victim Services
After a domestic battery arrest has been made the domestic violence victim advocate will
contact the victim by phone or written correspondence. The advocate will make the victim aware
of various services available to them either through the prosecutor's office or social service
agencies such as the Women's Center. The advocate will work closely with the Domestic Violence
Probation Officer (DVPO) to gather information on the perpetrator.
A screening team will meet every week to determine which domestic battery cases meet
the criteria to go to domestic violence diversion. Victims will be kept to date on the status of
their abuser's cases. The advocate greets victims and instructs them on court procedures, protocol,
legal terminology and appropriate attire. The advocate will accompany the victim to the courtroom
and remain with them throughout their court appearance.
The Victim Services Advocate will keep victims informed of any significant developments in the
investigation and the prosecution of their case, including final disposition and judgment. This is
accomplished by mail, telephone and/or personal contact.
Main County Administration Building
Physical Address: 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
Mailing Address: PO Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000