The reporting of a crime, the legal process and participation in a trial are often bewildering and frightening prospects for a victim of sexual violence or any other crime. When NOVA is integrated with a police investigation at the onset, the benefits to the victim can be enormous. When the victim first reports the crime, the police will notify NOVA, and a Victim Advocate will respond. The advocate will usually meet the victim at the hospital to stand by them during the initial police interview. Later, the advocate may go with the victim to further interviews with the police and others in the justice system. The Victim Advocate’s main purpose is to prepare the victim for what comes next in the legal process and to provide support during meetings and court proceedings.