What is an Advocate?

An AWARE Advocate is a person who has been trained to respond to domestic violence and sexual assault emergencies. An advocate’s primary concern is assisting a victim and her children to develop a plan for immediate and long-term safety.

An advocate’s job is to:

  • Listen to an individual and problem solve with them rather than for them;
  • Assist an individual in identifying abusive patterns and behaviors within their intimate relationship;
  • Offer victims information about their rights and discuss options;
  • Assist in developing a safety plan that is tailored to fit the needs of the individual;
  • Honor the decisions individuals make in regard to their immediate and long term safety;
  • Offer individuals and group support as well as community resource information and referrals.

All advocacy services at AWARE are confidential and free of charge.

Call 907-586-1090 in Juneau or 1-800-478-1090 in Alaska.

View a list of all AWARE services.