Objectives of Program:
- Volunteer Victim Assistance Program help victims of crime and trauma through crisis intervention and referral.
- Uphold the Victim Rights Amendment by assuring that the rights of victims are honored.
- Advocates will be on call for a designated period of time each month.
- When an advocate is called out to, he/she will respond to the scene of the incident, or any designated area.
- The advocate will remain with the victim/survivor during the immediate crisis.
- Advocates must be able to work on call.
- Genuine concern and empathy for victims of crime and survivors of sudden or violent deaths, regardless of the circumstances, are necessary qualities.
The advocate must be willing to make a one-year commitment to the program, to attend monthly support meetings and be on-call one week per month, during an assigned shift.
A 40-45 hour training course includes crisis counseling, victimology, legal procedures, law enforcement, resource information, as well as a Ride-Along Program with a law enforcement officer.
The advocate must have his/her own transportation, a phone available where he/she can be reached during the day and/or night, and be willing to submit to an employment/character background investigation.
Victim Assistance Program Director