Breaking free of domestic violence often requires the victim to be involved in the judicial system. Since this can be an intimidating experience, Women’s Resource Center offers the services of a court advocate. One of WRC’s longest serving advocates is Susan Alexander.
Susan worked for 20 years as a registered nurse. In 2007, she returned to college, completing an associate’s degree in paralegal studies. She is currently enrolled at Roger Williams University where she is continuing her education in this field along with healthcare administration.
Susan arrived at WRC in 2009 as an intern and stayed on. “My intent was to find the opportunity that would give me hands-on experience in the judicial process while also allowing me to give back to the community at the same time,” she says.
The court advocacy program is designed to help victims navigate through the court system by providing support, education, and referrals. Advocates are available in the courthouse every day, where they work with court personnel, judges, attorneys, police departments, probation, and the attorney general’s office on behalf of the victim. They also assist with restraining order applications.
“As every case is different and every person has their own individual circumstances, each client must be respected as to where they find themselves in their own experience,” Susan states. “As advocates, we help them identify their own strengths and assure them that they are not alone.”
When not serving victims of domestic violence, Susan can be found in her garden, delving into a good novel, working out at the gym, or spending time with her family.