Since 2017, WTLC has provided Mobile Advocacy services to the communities of North Orange County. What is Mobile Advocacy? Mobile Advocacy is an expansion of our services, previously only available to Shelter participants, now provided to participants in their homes or other safe locations in the community. These services include: individual and family counseling, case management, and legal advocacy services.
In addition, once participants graduate from our Shelter program, they continue to have access to all services through our Mobile Advocacy program. This has led to many positive outcomes, including reaching those survivors who will never come into Shelter, improving safety and functioning of participants that receive services for a longer period, and also increasing the number of survivors who enter Shelter as a result of having a positive experience with their Mobile Advocate first.
Mobile Advocacy is also a benefit for those survivors who would not otherwise be able to access services due to transportation, child care, or other safety barriers .This program not only allows WTLC to meet survivors where they are but it also provides the opportunity for interventions to include members of a survivor’s family, who may also be at-risk or who can support the process of safety and re-stabilization for a survivor. Expanding our reach to include all survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and not just those who enter shelter, has allowed us to make a greater impact on the people we serve and to reduce interpersonal violence overall.