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Become a Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program volunteer!

Whether responding to calls on our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, serving as an advocate for survivors through the court system, or working in our office or in the community, our volunteers play a vital role in helping survivors of crime or sexual assault.

As a Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program (SACVAP) volunteer, you'll join a team of caring staff, interns and others dedicated to supporting survivors and ending the cycle of violence. You'll have an opportunity to become involved in a variety of activities, all of which focus on providing support and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and abuse, domestic violence, senior crimes, stalking, harassment, physical assault and other violent crime.

Volunteer opportunities :

The majority of SACVAP volunteers answer our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline. Hotline volunteers help survivors of sexual assault, abuse and violent crime regain control of their lives by providing emotional support, information and referrals, active listening, and crisis intervention. The hotline volunteer wears a beeper and is available to meet survivors at local hospitals and police stations after a violent crime or sexual assault.

In addition to answering the hotline, there are a variety of other ways you can help, including typing, special projects, community outreach and many more.

Crisis Hotline Volunteers:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Available to complete 50+ hour training course
  • Able to maintain professional conduct and adhere to strict rules of confidentiality at all times
  • Be available by pager system for three, 12- hour hotline shifts per month.
  • Be able to respond to hotline calls immediately and get to the emergency department or police station within 30 minutes
  • Complete 10 hours of continuing education credits per year.
  • Attend monthly meetings for ongoing training, education, and case and protocol review.


We'll give you the tools you need.

All SACVAP volunteers receive the training necessary to help support survivors of crime and sexual assault. All of our volunteers receive extensive, interactive training twice a year, presented by professional SACVAP staff. In addition, there are opportunities for you to partner with an experienced volunteer who can offer guidance and support.

How can I get started?

Just call our volunteer coordinator at 271-3410 or email her a copy of a completed volunteer application at Kate.Hobbie@sphp.com.  Our next training class will be starting on February 1st, 2016! 

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