Victim Advocate

Victim Advocate

 

Victim Assistance Program

The Greenfield Police Department has partnered with Alternatives Inc. (www.alternativesdv.org) to provide all our victim advocacy needs. This includes domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and stalking cases.

Alternatives Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) organization providing a wide range of services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness. Services include a residential facility sheltering women and their dependent children. The agency offers a comprehensive shelter program that goes beyond a "roof over the head" and seeks to assist families in moving from system's dependency to self-sufficiency.

As a result of this partnership, an Outreach Advocate is housed full-time within the department. Advocacy services included: 24-hour crisis response for both domestic violence and sexual assault cases; on-site advocacy at hospitals and healthcare facilities. Our non-residential supportive services include, court accompaniment, guidance filing protective orders and violent crime compensation fund applications. We can also provide referrals for other criminal justice and social service agencies.

Another large piece of the advocates' responsibility is community and professional education. Education and training services include general awareness presentations; teen dating violence and sexual abuse prevention; workplace violence; healthcare; clergy and certified law enforcement training in both sexual assault and domestic violence topics.

Domestic Violence Unit

The mission of the Greenfield Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit is to preserve and enhance the quality of life by encouraging arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of violence against the family. The unit consists of a Police Officer and a Victim Advocate dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We can also facilitate participation in programs designed to heighten awareness and education for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The overall goal of both the victim advocate and Domestic Violence Unit is to assist victims of crime navigate the confusing and sometimes overwhelming criminal justice system.

If you are the victim of a crime and have questions or concerns, call 462-8777 or 477-4410.

If you are interested in scheduling an awareness presentation or professional training, call Kelly Buzan at 462-8777