Friday Daily Connect

Fact Friday 

 

OVERVIEW OF LAWC PROGRAMS:

1. Intake Information Session:

  • Welcome, housekeeping (bathroom locations, coffee/tea, etc.), purpose of intake information session
  • Outline of LAWC's mission statement and goals
  • Outline of services offered
  • Review client information sheet
  • General overview - safety plan for abused women
  • Personal information data filled in
  • Review next steps, conclusion

 

2. Initial Appointment with Advocate:

Women who are interested in LAWC programs and services, meet with an advocate for an initial interview that includes the following:

    • the Advocate and the woman work together to assess the woman's current safety situation -- ie., whether or not she is being battered and what specific risks she may be facing at the present time;
    • an opportunity for the woman to express her key needs which may include: information, legal resources, housing, shelter, support, needs of children and other services;
    • the Advocate and the woman work together to create a safety plan for the woman and her children;
    • the Advocate and the woman jointly determine the appropriateness of LAWC services in meeting her needs; and,
    • the Advocate may assist the woman in making contacts to other services or resources as required.

 

3. Individual Advocacy/Counselling Meetings:

If a woman chooses, and her situation fits with LAWC's mandate and programs, an Advocate will be assigned to meet with her. The woman can meet with the Advocate on an individual basis for a maximum of six to eight sessions. These meetings are one hour long, are scheduled about once every three weeks, and can include the following:

    • identifying the nature of the abuse, (from the individual abuser as well as from institutions such as the justice system), and reflect on how the abuse affects the woman's life;
    • the woman and her advocate working together to create/update a personal safety plan relating to the changes in her situation with respect to her relationship with the abuser;
    • assistance in devising and taking steps to seek safety in her life, usually through ensuring that she has access to appropriate information and resources;
    • providing information, options, and referrals regarding other helpers, agencies and groups in the community which may be useful to her. The advocate may act as a liaison to the referral on behalf of the woman; and,
    • accompanying the woman, when requested and available, to meetings with Crown Attorneys, lawyers, and social service professionals when advocacy is required.

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