Volunteer Victim Advocates contact crime victims and witnesses who circumstances comply with state and federal law and guidelines for victims' advocacy services, notifies them of their rights under state law and explains how Victim Services can assist. They may make oral presentations before business, civic, school and/or other groups on topics pertaining to the rights of victims and the criminal justice system.
Advocates often deal with stressful situations; call-outs might require volunteers to drive at night, experience a lack of sleep during their shift, stand for long periods of time, climb stairs and carry supplies to a scene. Advocates may also be exposed to second-hand smoke and extreme natural outside elements during the length of a call-out such as snow, rain, ice, heat and wind.
|Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid driver's license. Must have a high school diploma or a GED.
Applicants must have an open, non-judgemental attitude toward victims of crime and trauma. Genuine concerns and empathy for victims of crime and trauma are necessary qualities.
Applicants must be willing and able to remain calm during high stress situations and must possess excellent communications skills and have the ability to work with minimal supervision.
Applicants must have their own transportation and insurance.
Applicants must pass an oral interview, background investigation and psychological examination.
Upon acceptance to the program, applicants must attend and successfully complete a 40-hour training academy which will be held Tuesday and Thursday nights and all day on two Saturdays for 4 weeks.
Applicants will be required to complete an 8 hour (minimum) ride-along with a Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy.
TIME COMMITMENT: after completion of training, the applicant must be able to respond to crisis situations county-wide a minimum of four week nights per month or one weekend a month (Friday night 6:00 p.m. to Monday morning 6:00 a.m.)
Training Academies are generally held twice a year. Therefore, this will be an extended hiring process.
Spring and Fall Academies will be available.