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Advocacy

SARA has two staff Advocates: one who serves survivors under the age of 18, and one who serves adult survivors. Advocacy services are provided in English or Spanish and are free to all survivors and their loved ones.

SARA’s Advocates work with survivors and their friends and families regardless of whether or not there is police or legal involvement in the case.

SARA Advocates are specially trained to support survivors and their friends and loved ones through the challenges that follow experiences of sexual violence. The first step to receiving Support Services at SARA is to meet with an advocate so that we can understand your goals and determine the best way to support you. Many people who receive advocacy services at SARA will also pursue therapy with our therapists. Together, our advocates and therapists work as a team to walk with survivors through the healing process.

Based on what you need, our Advocates can provide:

  • Emotional support: As you are processing your experience, they will listen and provide a knowledgeable, supportive presence.
  • Legal support (if applicable): We do not provide legal advocates, as most of our clients will be represented by a Commonwealth’s Attorney through the state of Virginia. However, our advocates can help prepare survivors for the legal process and will accompany survivors to police interviews and court appearances if requested.
  • Case management: As need arises, advocates problem-solve with their clients and make connections with local resources.
  • Referrals to Therapy: Prospective therapy clients meet with a SARA advocate before being referred to SARA’s therapists. This gives our staff an opportunity to gain a better understanding of your needs. Advocates provide referrals to therapists outside of SARA when appropriate.

Our advocates can sometimes arrange to meet with clients outside of our office, in particular to service clients who live in Charlottesville’s surrounding counties in our service area (Albemarle, Louisa, Nelson, Greene and Fluvanna).

To make an appointment with a SARA Advocate, please call our office at 434-295-7273.

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Upcoming Events

Women Empowerment Event
Jul 31 2021 - Jul 31 2021
07:00AM - 12:00PM
Fluvanna IAC Meeting
Aug 05 2021 - Aug 05 2021
09:30AM - 11:00AM
Louisa IAC
Aug 12 2021 - Aug 12 2021
09:30AM - 11:00AM
Fridays After Five
Aug 13 2021 - Aug 13 2021
05:30PM - 08:00PM
Nelson IAC
Aug 16 2021 - Aug 16 2021
02:00PM - 03:30PM

About SARA

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Communities Served

We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and serve:

  • City of Charlottesville
  • Albemarle County
  • Louisa County
  • Nelson County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Greene County

Contact SARA

 Charlottesville, Virginia

 24-Hour Hotline: 434-977-7273
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