How to Advocate for a Survivor

How to Advocate for a Survivor

Respect confidentiality: do not let boundaries slip. Be considerate of the people you are talking with and how easily conversations could slip into confidential territory.

Believe and validate: Survivor might have had bad experiences with people advocating on their behalf in the past. Believe and validate their experiences at every opportunity.

Acknowledge injustice: A survivor may need your support due to previous or current injustices, i.e. not getting something they are entitled to. Ensure you have explored all areas, not just areas they think they need advocacy in.

Respect autonomy: At times, you may not agree with the decision of a survivor, but if they are informed, and have the capacity to make decisions, you must allow the person to make the decision. You are not there to make decisions for the survivor.

Always plan for the future, not just the present: Advocacy is a process, not an event.

Promote access to services: Always empower survivors to access all the services that they are entitled to in a proactive and positive manner.