Advocacy

Our advocacy service has over 20 years’ experience supporting survivors through the Criminal Justice Process (CJP) and other possible avenues of redress for the sexual abuse they have experienced as children, such as civil law actions and complaints procedures.

Our Advocacy Service

We offer a free and dynamic service built around clients’ individual needs. As a first step, we talk clients through the process in easy-to-understand terms, to help them decide on the best way forward for them. Not everyone reports. But having accurate and sufficient information about what is involved, and the ability to ask any questions provides a good basis to decide how to proceed.

We can support our clients in reporting offences and for example arrange initial meetings with the Police at our offices with the advocate present if the client wishes. The criminal justice process is lengthy, and we will support our clients for as long as they need us. There is no time limit.

We can provide access and support in consulting with civil lawyers to explore alternative civil law actions which may be also possible.

“Advocacy is all about you, the client, being in control and ensuring your views and wishes are heard. We will move at a speed to suit you and will support you as long as possible.”

Advocacy is not acting as a lawyer, nor is it counselling or advising. Our trained advocates will work with individuals in a confidential setting, to provide a level of information and support which will empower and enable them to achieve the required outcomes.

Reliving an abusive experience within a legal process can be painful. Clients are welcome to access our specialist trauma therapy for additional and more focused therapeutic support to run alongside the advocacy support if they wish.

How to access this service

If you have a query regarding this service, please email advocacy@oneinfour.org.uk or call the office on 0208 697 2112 and our Advocacy Manager will contact you at a time to suit you to discuss. This will be your opportunity to learn more about our service and for us to understand from you the action and outcomes you would like to achieve.

We are a specialist service supporting clients through the areas described. We are not housing, welfare or family law specialists and do not offer support in those areas.

Currently, appointments with one of our advocates are taking place via phone, zoom or email.

How to support this service

Our advocacy service is a free service and relies on charitable support. To help us please click the Donate button.

Click here for ‘Report to Court’. A useful handbook for survivors of child sexual abuse on the reporting process written by Rights of Women

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