Volunteer Advocate
 

Advocate

Provide crisis intervention, support, advocacy, information and referrals for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Advocates answer crisis calls via personal cell phone or agency cell phone after office hours and on weekends.


Responsibilities

   • Answer personal cell phone or agency cell phone as crisis calls come in through crisis hotline.

   • Advocate for and assist victims in making contact with agencies and systems such as shelter, law enforcement, medical and social services.

   • Provide information about option on orders of protection.

   • Maintain confidentiality of client.

   • Call on-call staff member when receiving call from hospitals about domestic violence/sexual assault.

   • Report all activities to the Center.

   • Fill out intake reports.

   • Attend two in-service trainings a year.

   • Take at least two on-call shifts each month.

   • Contact agency staff when questioning policy/procedure.


Requirements

   • Must have knowledge and sensitivity regarding the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence.

   • Must complete the initial 40 hour training program.

   • Must be able to make a one-year commitment.

   • Maintain client’s confidentiality.


Character traits/skills

   • Ability to work with people without being judgmental.

   • Able to readily separate your own emotional experiences from those of the victims.

   • Good listener

   • Compassionate

   • Empathetic

   • Supportive

   • Dependable


Availability

   • Evenings, holidays and weekends.

   • Weekday on-call shift: 5pm-8am weekdays

   • Weekend on-call shift: 8am-5pm & 5pm-8am


All advocates will have a yearly evaluation and the opportunity to evaluate the volunteer program as well.

Training provided in the fall and spring of each year.