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Co-Advocacy: The Power of Collaboration in Victim Services

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Collaboration is crucial in effective victim services. Co-advocacy is a shift to a more interconnected, collaborative, survivor-centered approach that involves intentional relationship-building and resource-sharing across both system-based and community-based victim service agencies and can invite additional community partners into the process to support survivor-identified outcomes. 

The survivor-centered and survivor-informed aspect is particularly powerful, as it ensures that the victims’/survivors’ identities, needs, and preferences are at the forefront of the process. Moving beyond historical disagreements and territoriality, building a culture of co-advocacy strengthens the support system for victims/survivors and contributes to the overall effectiveness of advocacy efforts. 

Co-advocacy, done well, is about recognizing that each agency involved brings something unique to the table, and together, we can achieve more—leveraging strengths, compensating for weaknesses, and working toward a common goal that serves the best interests of those affected by crime. 

When collaboration with the victim/survivor is centered clearly, it moves our advocacy beyond individual advocacy to make “warm handoffs” to intentional relationship-building and resource-sharing within their communities to best meet victims’/survivors’ needs. 

Join this session to learn effective ways to engage in essential conversations and nurture approaches that promote co-advocacy.

As a result of this training, participants will:

  • Identify one strategy to help promote more robust collaboration across victim serving organizations.
  • Describe how co-advocacy helps promote positive victim-centered outcomes.

Date Created: January 18, 2024