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Medical Advocacy

Medical Advocacy at Crisis Center North provides 24-hour support services at area hospitals and during business hours at physician offices. An advocate is available to meet a teen or adult victim of domestic violence on-site to provide support and explain options.

Services also include access to video conferencing technology to file for an Emergency Protection from Abuse (EPFA) Order. This technology allows filing for an EPFA after court business hours without having to travel into the City. This service helps overcome obstacles to safety, such as lack of transportation, unfamiliarity with the city, and/or fear of the legal system.

Hospital sites for video conferencing currently include: UPMC Passavant and Ohio Valley Hospital. Emergency medical advocacy services may be requested by contacting Crisis Center North’s 24-hour hotline at 412-364-5556.

Additionally, trainings are available for healthcare students and providers to increase recognition of and response to domestic violence. Contact The Supervisor of Advocacy Services to schedule trainings at 412-364-6728.