Companions are also a source of information about the medical, legal, and mental health resources available to survivors. Companions may accompany a client to receive medical treatment, file a police report, or meet with legal services. Companions work with survivors of rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual violence. They work with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and with clients whose assaults have happened recently or in the distant past.
- Talk with the survivor over the phone.
- Meet face-to-face with the survivor.
- Provide emotional support and advocacy for the survivor.
- Accompany the survivor to the hospital, to the police, or to court appointments.
- Provide specific information about laws and the legal system.
- Provide referrals for support groups, therapy, and counseling.
- Locate reading materials and resources for the survivor.
- Help the survivor to understand the healing process.
Expectations for Companions
- Complete 63 hours of training
- Two 24-hour pager shifts OR 12 hours of in-house shifts each month
- Nine-month commitment to the Center following volunteer training
Companion Training (63 hours)
Our next Companion training will begin in February 2014. Applications for this volunteer program are due Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
For this training, sessions will generally be held on Monday evenings (6-9pm) and Saturdays (9am-3:30pm). Sessions will NOT be held during UNC’s spring break, March 8-15.