Special Training for Volunteer Advocates
Fairview and District Victim Services is currently looking for volunteers.
We require individuals interested in a challenging and rewarding volunteer experience, who are caring and non-judgmental with a sincere interest in helping victims. Volunteer Victim Advocates are the 'front-line' of our program, assisting crime and trauma victims, witnesses, and their families.
Our role is to alleviate the impact of crime/tragedy on its victims. At the time of the incident, we provide a listening ear, comfort, and reassurance by phone or in person; in the victim's home or at the hospital. A follow-up consultation is provided when necessary to determine what further information or support the victim requires. In cases where a court appearance is necessary, we contact the witness/victim to offer information on court procedures and upcoming court dates. We are available to accompany the victim to court.
As an advocate you will be required to complete an online training course, taking 40-50 hours. This training will cover a variety of areas including general police procedures, suicide awareness, domestic violence, sexual assault, bereavement, organized crime, and the criminal justice system. You must also agree to an RCMP Security Clearance, meet the terms of the program, and maintain confidentiality pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.
You will also be required to attend monthly meetings, annual training and on occasion volunteer at community events.
Training Topics include: