In addition to providing a YWCA Advocate at the Knoxville Family Justice Center, the YWCA Victim Advocacy Program (VAP) now offers a stationed advocate who is located beside the Knox County Fourth Circuit Court Clerk’s office on the main floor in the City County Building. The advocate placement is a beneficial effort to optimize citizens’ awareness on the multifaceted support and services the Victim Advocacy Program offers.
YWCA advocates provide comprehensive victim support, including safety planning and crisis intervention, education on victim’s rights and victim compensation, navigation of the justice system, accompaniment to court, referrals for and assistance accessing essential services, referrals to support group, and follow-up services. All VAP services are offered at no charge and are completely confidential to ensure client safety. Services are available in English and Spanish.
The Knox County Criminal Court, General Sessions-Criminal Division and Fourth Circuit Court Clerk’s staff welcome Caitlin Torney, YWCA Advocate located in the City County Building, and are enthusiastic to have VAP services on-site and readily available to clients. To learn more about the YWCA Victim Advocacy Program (VAP) click here.