What to Expect
What can you expect when you contact a Vermont Network member program? First, and most important, you’ll talk to a caring person who’ll listen carefully without judging you or your situation. Advocates can help you think about your options and help you determine what will work best for you. Find the program nearest you.
Vermont Network Member Program Services
Network programs work with people of all races, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientation, disabilities, cultural backgrounds, religions, and all economic and social backgrounds. Programs offer all or some of the following services:
- Hotlines A free 24/7 hotline for crisis support, ongoing peer support and advocacy, and information and referral.
- Legal Advocacy and Support These services help victims make informed decisions about legal concerns and accompany survivors to court. They can provide you with information about protection orders, sexual assault and/or stalking. Programs will describe what can be expected in civil and criminal court. Advocates may be able to provide referrals to specialized legal resources including attorneys.
- Hospital Support Advocates are available to meet survivors at the hospital after a sexual or physical assault to assist them in understanding their rights, to provide support and information before, during and after examinations, and to help survivors connect with other resources as needed.
- Financial and Personal Advocacy Peer advocates can support survivors to identify and access public benefits and community resources for basic needs. Advocates can assist survivors in securing rights and services from social service providers, landlords, creditors and others.
- Shelters and Safehomes Shelters provide a home-like environment for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children who might need a safe place to stay temporarily. A safe home is sometimes used as a short –term place of refuge in communities without shelters or for male survivors of domestic violence.
- Other Resources Most programs offer peer education and/or support groups for adult survivors, youth and children to create opportunities for connecting with others who share similar experiences. Some programs provide individual advocacy with youth and children, parenting support, limited transportation , childcare, transitional housing, and education and support regarding substance use or abuse.