SHCC provides victim court advocacy for clients involved in civil or criminal cases which are a result of domestic violence. The Court Advocate is present in the courtroom to provide direct support to clients and to advocate on behalf of clients with courthouse personnel.
Court Advocates assist with the paperwork for domestic violence protective orders, criminal charges, and referrals to appropriate resources.
Although court advocates cannot provide legal advice or representation for victims in civil and criminal cases, advocates can connect victims with legal services. The Shelter Home of Caldwell County works with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. to provide free legal advice and representation for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.