Sexual Assault Services Advocate

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360 Communities mission statement is:  “In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope and support to people by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency.”  Our volunteer advocates must demonstrate a commitment to the agency’s mission statement and core values at all times.

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting our mission as a Sexual Assault Services Advocate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Respond to South Metro area hospitals to provide advocacy and support to victim/survivors who have experienced sexual/domestic violence.
  2. Using a trauma-informed approach, provide crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support, and available resources, as needed.
  3. Assist and empower survivors to assert their rights and choices while advocating on their behalf for responsive, trauma-informed treatment.
  4. Interact professionally with sexual assault nurse examiners, hospital staff, law enforcement and family members or friends while at the hospital.
  5. Must successfully complete our state-mandated 40-hour sexual assault services training prior to being considered for this volunteer position.

Important Volunteer Skills:

Crisis response experience is preferred but not required. Other preferred skills include active listening, a non-judgmental approach, and an ability to interact with trauma victims.

Time commitment

A minimum of two 12 hour shifts per month (daytime, evening and overnight shifts available)

Volunteers interested in sexual assault services advocacy work need to complete a state-mandated 40-hour training. 360 Communities offers training every spring and fall.

In the training you will hear from a variety of presenters ranging from medical to legal advocacy, reflecting the multidisciplinary approach to victims services. You will also learn how social norms contribute to sexual violence. Participants will have the opportunity to volunteer in the shelter as a crisis advocate, to answer the phone crisis line, to facilitate support groups, as well as attend medical advocacies.

If you want more information about the training, contact Judy Bowman at 651.244.9829 or jbowman@360communities.org.

If you are interested in becoming a Sexual Assault Services Advocate, please complete our Volunteer Interest Form to get started.