We are a Northern Ireland wide advocacy service passionate about supporting victims of domestic and sexual abuse crime who primarily are engaging with the criminal justice system. We provide guidance and support, information, work with other service providers and advocate on victim’s behalf, tailoring our service to their needs.
- Immediate crisis intervention by making initial contact with victims of domestic or sexual abuse whose details have been shared by the police (who are victims of crime), who have been referred by The Rowan or from a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference meeting.
- Practical advocacy support.
Post Court Support.
- Through the Police Service of Northern Ireland – When you report a domestic or sexual abuse crime to the police they will share your details with us at ASSIST NI, unless you have indicated that you do not wish your details to be transferred.
- Through a MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) – You, as a domestic or sexual abuse victim, are referred to us at ASSIST NI with your consent.
- Through the Rowan Sexual Assault Referral Centre – Staff in The Rowan will speak to you about our advocacy service. If you consent, a referral will be made to us.
- Self-referrals – Self-referrals are welcome, where you would qualify for the service, i.e. you have reported a domestic or sexual abuse crime to the police and are engaging with the criminal justice system, are a victim of domestic or sexual abuse, engaging with the Rowan or have agreed to be referred following a MARAC meeting). Your case will be allocated by one of the lead advocates. To self refer just send us an email!
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