Victim Advocate Honored

Kim Garrett shows us the special storage area for the Reno Police Victim Advocate Program.

The few items they have may help a woman and her children escape a violent home and still be able to get by day by day with necessities like tooth paste, diapers, and even a change of clothes.
They are just some of the things you have to think about if you're a Victim Advocate.

" think somebody needs to step up to the plate and help these people because I mean it makes a huge difference in them becoming a survivor."

Chances are you'll never have to meet Kim, but the chances are just as great that if you do, you'll be happy she's there.

As a victim's advocate she will be at a murder scene, an arson, a domestic violence call where there's an arrest.
She's the one that will help find resources for survivors of a crime. Find immediate safety if needed, counseling, sometimes even transportation--all in an environment that is emotionally charged.

"If there is not, there's a greater likelihood of homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues PTSD, there is a huge gamet of problems that can arise if they are not proper intervention initially and talk about safety too."

Kim says she's been doing this for about eight years now, just past the time when many advocates burn out and move to something completely different. At this point she says she can't see herself doing anything else.