CRISIS ADVOCATE for the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA), a program of CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, Inc.
Volunteer Crisis Advocates provide crisis intervention, support, advocacy, information and referrals for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Advocates answer crisis calls via agency cell phone and respond to the hospital to support survivors after office hours and on weekends.
Survivors may be of any age, gender, sexual orientation, race, etc.
- Answer agency cell phone as crisis calls come in through the crisis line.
- Advocate for and assist victims in making contact with agencies and systems such as shelter, law enforcement, medical and social services.
- Provide information about options on orders of protection.
- Maintain confidentiality of client.
- First responder to the hospital when a survivor reports for services.
- Call on-call Forensic Nurse when receiving a call from hospitals, law enforcement, about domestic violence/sexual assault.
- Report all activities to the Center.
- Fill out intake forms.
- Take at least two (2) on-call shifts each month.
- Must have knowledge and sensitivity regarding the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence.
- Must complete the initial 45 hours training program.
- Must be able to make a one-year commitment.
- Maintain client’s confidentiality.
- Ability to work with people without being judgmental
- Able to readily separate your own emotional experiences from those of the victims
- Good listener
- Evenings, holiday and weekends
- Weekday on-call shift 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- Weekend on-call shift: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- All advocates will have a yearly evaluation and the opportunity to evaluate the volunteer program as well.
- Advocates are required to follow all SACASA (CODAC) policies and procedures outlined in the training and offered in the on-call manuals.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ACCESS THE VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM ON THE SACASA WEBSITE http://www.sacasa.org/advocacy/