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Becoming an Advocate

Role of Crisis Intervention Advocate

The role of Crisis Intervention Advocate is a community-based, volunteer position with an initial one year commitment. Crisis Intervention Advocates serve as trained first responders to the needs of sexual assault survivors, loved ones of survivors, and professionals. Advocates provide crisis intervention, support, advocacy, and referrals through our anonymous 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year confidential crisis support hotline. After completing a 60 hour training, Crisis Intervention Advocates commit to responding to callers during three, four hour shifts each month; charged with responding to those directly impacted by sexual violence by providing immediate and confidential access to information, resources and support. Advocates are supported and supervised by the Director of Training & Community Engagement, who also oversees their initial and ongoing trainings. Advocates are required to attend monthly in person supervision to process their experience, ask questions and receive further guidance on how to support survivors.

Getting Started—Committing to Comprehensive Training

DCRCC does not offer short term volunteer opportunities. The introduction to any volunteer position begins with an application, interview and an initial training commitment.

There are two annual training classes for the Crisis Intervention Advocate position. To find out these dates, email, as they’re subject to change. Applications and volunteer inquiries are accepted year round, with interviews beginning about two months before the start of a new training class.

For the position of Crisis Intervention Advocate, training is a two month starting commitment, totaling about 60 hours. These sessions are held at DCRCC’s offices two evenings a week and select Saturdays. Dates are provided—before applying, make sure you are available accordingly.

Volunteer Interviews:
Interviews are held in a group format, in person, for one hour. Dates are provided, and an RSVP and completion of an application is required in advance. To be eligible for training, you must be interviewed. All interviews have set dates and times, and will be communicated via email.

Interviews are casual, no additional preparation is required. All remaining questions you may have will be answered at that time.

The DC Rape Crisis Center's Response to COVID-19

The DC Rape Crisis Center is deeply committed to the health, wellness and saftey of our clients, as well as the broader community. Out of abundance of caution, and in accordance with DC Government's decision to extend closures, the DC Rape Crisis Center is suspending in person services, and will be delivering services remotely until further notice.

Our therapists will be providing virtual counseling services to youth & young adults, as well as adults who need our support during this challenging time.You can still call or email to schedule an intake appointment for services.  For adults you may reach out to Rubi Mancilla at 202-470-1188 or

For Youth and Young Adults you may call Alyza Weinberg at 202-470-1530 or

Our advocates are available via our 24/7 hotline please reach out if you need support 202-333-RAPE.

If you are any agency and would like to request training and technical assistance virtually please reach out to Chandra Dawson at 202-618-5088 or

We know that these are challenging, and unprecedented times right now.  The staff at the DC Rape Crisis Center will continue to create pathways for your healing journey. If you have any further questions please reach out to

We are wishing you, and your loved ones good health. Take care and be well.