Nationally, less than 3 percent of domestic violence victims press charges against their abuser. Victims of domestic violence typically do not view themselves as crime victims. The Advocacy Program at My Sister’s House assists those victims who consider either pressing charges or filing for an Order of Protection.
The Advocacy Program was established in order to provide victims with support and information regarding legal issues and procedures. This program is made possible because of several dedicated volunteer victim advocates who accompany clients to court and assist them with filing court documents.
In addition to their initial volunteer training, victim advocates attend a two-hour training session where the laws that affect the population served by My Sister’s House, Inc. are discussed in greater detail. Topics covered in the training session include: the Protection from Domestic Violence Abuse Act, the Criminal Domestic Violence Act, court appearance and preparation, victim’s/witness’ rights, both the stalking and marital rape laws, and victim compensation.
The Advocacy Program seeks to inform victims of their rights which enables them to make an informed choice.
TRI-COUNTY VICTIM ADVOCATES
My Sister’s House, Inc. Advocate
Virginia Vedilago & Ciera Jones (843) 744-3242
City of Charleston Police Dept Advocate
Miriam Walker (843) 720-3031 & Catrice Smalls (843) 720-2425
North Charleston Police Dept Advocate
Lisa Bullard (843) 740-2824, Spally Taylor (843) 740-2893, Minna Hosseini (843) 740-2891, Courtnay Heyward (843) 740-2658
Berkeley County Sheriff Dept Advocate
Carol Grunsky (843) 719-4455
Summerville Police Dept Advocate
Toni Hood & Angela Ottinger (843) 871-2463
Hanahan Police Dept. Advocate
Monica Kropp 843-554-4221 ext. 112
Mt. Pleasant Police Dept Advocate
Sue Warren 843-856-2189
Charleston County Sheriff’s Advocates
Easter Laroche (843) 745-2250, Barbara Binion (843) 745-2251, Joyce Kephart Adair (843) 745-2252
Dorchester County Sheriff Dept Advocates
Margie Page, Kimberly Carter, Amanda Kwalam (843) 832-0321
Goose Creek Police Department
Levolia Rhodes (843) 863-5200 ext. 2340