The main function of the Volunteer Sexual Assault Victim Counselor is to provide supportive counseling, information and referrals, and advocacy services to victims of sexual assault and their significant others.
- 1 Year Commitment after 40-hour training is completed.
- 36 hours each month (One - 12-hour weekday shift from 5 pm to 5 am and one – 24-hour weekend shift from 5 am to 5 am)
- It is helpful if volunteers can be flexible and occasionally adjust their shift hours to meet the needs of the clients
- Attend meetings and training sessions as scheduled.
- Complete COVID-19 symptom screenings prior to each shift, and provide proof of full
- COVID-19 vaccination or submit to testing prior to in-person volunteering.
Duties and responsibilities:
• Respond to general information and crisis telephone calls.
• Fulfill prescribed support role duties as part of the Tulare County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
• Provide sexual assault crisis intervention services at the SART Facility, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and other sites as directed.
• Provide trauma-informed, personal, confidential peer counseling to sexual assault victim/survivors and significant others.
• Assess client needs for additional services and make appropriate referrals.
• Complete forms required for client files or service provision records.
• Maintain regular communication with Family Services’ Rape Crisis Center staff with reference to program needs and files.
• Must attend required 8-hour continuing education to maintain certification (provided in-house by Family Services).
• Must possess the ability to understand and appreciate diversity, and to be sensitive to different experiences and lifestyles.
• Perform all tasks in a safe manner to avoid injury to self and others.
• Duties may vary as needs arise and/or change.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Ability to respond to emergency calls and incidents; sensitivity to sexual assault victims.
- Must possess or immediately complete CalOES State-approved 40-hour Rape Crisis Counselor training.
- Bi-lingual is helpful.
- Provide proof of a valid CA Driver’s License; proof of auto insurance; DMV Record
Screening Requirements and Process:
• Must interview with Program Manager and/or Program Staff
• Must receive clearance from the Department of Justice Criminal Record Offender Information database.
Benefits of Training:
All volunteers will receive effective training and an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge in the social services field, all while helping their community.