Companions respond to calls on our 24-Hour Help Line by either carrying a cell phone for a 24-hour shift or answering the line directly at the Center’s office. Using active listening and crisis intervention counseling skills, Companions provide support to survivors, loved ones of survivors, and professionals.

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 past.



“Helping survivors of sexual violence has been a privilege which has put me more in touch with my self and with my community. I recommend this work for anyone who values listening empathetically and living honestly.”

– Ethan, Companion

Companion Duties

  • 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


Bilingual Companions

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Companions will participate in a pre-training interview to determine their level of language proficiency. They will attend the general Companion training and will also receive six extra hours of training to discuss crisis-related Spanish language skills and culturally-competent practices for supporting Latino survivors. Spanish speakers may also be interested in volunteering as Latino Advocates.

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)

Fall training began in September 2015. (View the Fall 2015 Companion Training Schedule here.) Spring training will likely begin in January or February 2016.

You may submit an application at any time, and we will get in touch with you when we begin recruitment for the next training session.

Questions? Please contact Crisis Response Coordinator Natalie Ziemba at or 919-968-4647.

  • 24-Hour Help Line:

    • 866-WE-LISTEN (866-935-4783)
    • 919-967-7273 (Local)
    • 919-338-0746 (TTY)