Becoming an Advocate Volunteer

THE ADVOCATE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
In the past two years Northern St. Louis County’s Sexual Assault Program has provided advocacy and services to over 900 primary and secondary victims of sexual violence.

Volunteer advocates are an important component of our Sexual Assault Program. Presently we have about a half dozen advocates that are active within the Program. We have both male and female advocates available to crime victims.

Advocates volunteer in the following ways:
•Crisis intervention
•One-on-one advocacy
•Group advocacy
•Systems advocacy
•Awareness education
•Professional training
•Community education and public speaking
•Fundraising
•Promoting awareness

To become a advocate volunteer with Northern St. Louis County’s Sexual Assault Program, the following requirements must be met:
•A written application must be filled out
•Participate in a pre-screening process
•A criminal background check must be passed
•A minimum training of 40 hours must be completed (Training standards are set by the Department of Corrections and must be completed by each volunteer)
•Role playing
•Post screening and evaluations
•Follow recommendations of Program (additional training if necessary)
•Meetings and contacts with Crime Victim Coordinator
•Continued education and refresher courses

“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.”