Victim advocates are professionals trained to support victims of crime. Advocates offer victims information, emotional support, and help to find resources and filling out paperwork. Sometimes, advocates go to court with victims. Advocates may also contact organizations, such as criminal justice or social service agencies, to get help or information for victims. Some advocates staff crisis hotlines, run support groups or provide in-person counseling. Victim advocates may also be called victim service providers, victim/witness coordinators, or victim/witness specialists.
The purpose of this position is to provide reliable assistance to victims throughout the criminal justice process; to ensure the protection of the legal rights of victims and witnesses, and to perform related work as required. Works in conjunction with independent law enforcement and court municipalities providing victim services to crime victims within their jurisdictions; to ensure the victims' rights are being afforded to these agencies. This class works within the general outline of work to be performed under general supervision.
Victim Advocate Volunteer Qualifications
Experience and Skill Requirements: Must possess basic knowledge of computer data entry Must be dependable and punctual Must complete NCIC Security Awareness Training certification.
Click here to submit the Victim Assistance Unit Volunteer Application
For further information or questions please contact Kathy Nelson, Victims Assistance Unit Supervisor via email.