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Becoming an Advocate

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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 alindamood@dcrcc.org, 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.