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News October 17, 2017  RSS feed

Ribbon Cutting at new Domestic Violence office

By Sherry Matney


Friends and supporters of LCDVAP gather with Tanya Foster to cut the ribbon for the organizations new office in Buffalo. 
Sherry’s Shots Friends and supporters of LCDVAP gather with Tanya Foster to cut the ribbon for the organizations new office in Buffalo. Sherry’s Shots With October being the official Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Tanya Foster felt it was the perfect time to hold the ribbon cutting for her new office in Buffalo on Tuesday, October 10 she also held an open house for the safe house in Buffalo called Judy’s House.

Foster heads the Leon County Domestic Violence Advocate Program and recently opened an office in Buffalo on Highway 79. She wants to be sure that people understand this is the same program that has been around since 2000. There are currently 12 active advocates and 8 inactive.

According to Foster, “We are the first sources of help to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Leon County. And this program is available on a 24-hour basis to respond to the needs of victims of crime in the county.”


Before the ribbon cutting ceremony, supporters and guests were treated to an Open House at Judy’s House in Buffalo. Pictured are Joyce Stark, Geri Stout and Pat Hopkins. Sherry’s Shots Before the ribbon cutting ceremony, supporters and guests were treated to an Open House at Judy’s House in Buffalo. Pictured are Joyce Stark, Geri Stout and Pat Hopkins. Sherry’s Shots The Victim Advocate is often one of the first to respond to a crime scene to assist victims and survivors. During this critical time victims may experience a wide range of feelings and emotions. Advocates assist in many ways: Provide emotional and moral support; conduct on-scene crisis intervention and grief and bereavement counseling; act as liaison between victim, deputies, investigators, and community-based agencies; assistance with domestic violence protective orders. They also educate law enforcement and victims of new laws pertaining to specific victimization and provide professional counseling and support groups. Advocates assist with filing crime victim’s compensation to help with lost wages, medical counseling and funeral expenses.

When its time for court, the advocate helps prepare victims for court injunction hearings, provide court advocacy and accompaniment. They provide transport to court, referrals to emergency helter, and safety planning. The advocate helps victims in obtaining cellular phones for 911 emergencies and provides information regarding current status of cases.

The advocate is on-call twenty-four hours, seven days a week. All services offered are free of charge. Foster adds, “If you find yourself in a helpless situation of violence please remember help is available. Call 903-626-0078 or 903- 388-5600. As advocates it is our goal to provide the best possible service to those in need.”


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