Psychosocial victim advocates prepare the victim and relatives for the emotional stress of the proceedings and accompany them to hearings during the investigations and the trial. Primarily, psychosocial victim advocates help victims cope with fears, anxieties, grief or anger.
Psychosocial victim advocates act as the interface between victims, legal victim advocates and the judicial authorities.
Psychosocial victim advocates are affiliated to victim help organisations and/or counselling centres.
To qualify, they must have basic psychosocial education (social work, psychotherapy, social pedagogy, or an equivalent higher education), 2 years of professional practice, a general knowledge of the law and a legal understanding.