What Does Advocacy Look Like?
Care Lodge recognizes the need for assistance and encouragement during the time of a crisis. This agency offers advocacy to the victim by providing essential services and support. An advocate may accompany the victim to appointments or court appearances, assist with Domestic Abuse Protection Orders, and support them during the recovery process. Our team of advocates do their best to help others understand their options so they can make an informed choice as to what they believe is best for them.
Domestic Abuse Protection Order Assistance
Care Lodge has trained advocates available at the Community Services office to help increase an understanding of both the process and paperwork. Advocates can also accompany the Petitioner to the Ex-Parte (Emergency Protection Order) or Final DAPO hearings to provide support throughout the process.
Click below to download the forms needed to file a Domestic Abuse Protection Order in Mississippi.
Document provided by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office
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MS Attorney General - Bureau of Victim Assistance
MS Attorney General Lynn Finch has provided several links and documents on their official website to help victims connect to the help they need throughout the state. As a listed partner of the MS AGO, Care Lodge staff can assist victims apply for relief through programs like the Victim Compensation Program and the Mississippi Crime Victims' Bill of Rights.
The Victim Compensation Program provides financial assistance to innocent victims of violent crime and their eligible family members. The Program helps to reduce the financial burden resulting from a violent crime by reimbursing eligible victims/family members for their crime-related expenses not covered by any other benefit source (insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, disability/death benefits, Workers’ Compensation, etc.). Limitations do apply. Eligible applicants may be reimbursed for crime related expenses associated with:
- medical/dental treatment
- mental health services
- lost wages
- loss of support (dependent[s] of homicide victim)
- tuition loss
- funeral costs
- limited transportation costs
- repair/replacement of exterior windows, doors, and locks damaged during a crime,
- domestic violence temporary housing and relocation
- crime scene cleanup
Call Care Lodge to connect with a local advocate who can help you understand each of these services and support your next steps toward safety and social justice. 24-Hour Help Line 601.693.4673