Hospital Based Advocacy
In order to meet the needs of victims/survivors in crisis, Alexandra House works in partnership with medical service providers within Anoka County to enhance service provision and support efforts within the community. Staff and volunteers are trained to provide 24-hour support and advocacy services to victims/survivors of both domestic and sexual violence who disclose abuse concerns to their healthcare provider. Healthcare advocacy services are provided to patients at Mercy Hospital, Allina Medical Clinic, Unity Hospital, and Coon Rapids Women’s Health. Advocates will meet with victims/survivors in any treatment care unit within the hospitals as well as any designated areas of the clinics.
The hospital advocate gave me hope. I don’t think she’ll ever realize the significance of the time she gave me. She distracted me when I needed it, provided conversation that wasn’t about the assault. She was a life-changer.