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 6 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
  • 9-month commitment to the Center following volunteer training


Companion Training (63 hours)

  • Training’s for this position are held twice a year (in the spring and fall).
  • Our next Companion training will start on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.  We will meet on Wednesday nights from 6-9 and Saturdays from 9-3:30 until December 1, 2018 (assuming no cancellations due to adverse weather). 
  • Training will not take place the week of UNC Fall Break break (October 17-20), Halloween night, or the week of Thanksgiving break (November 21-23). 
  • Applications for Fall volunteer training are due September 14, 2018.
  • Questions? Please contact Crisis Response Coordinator Olivia Bass at or 919-968-4647.


The complete training schedule for Fall 2018 is below:

  • Wednesday, October 3, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, October 6, 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 10, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, October 13, 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, Oct 17 – UNC Fall break – NO TRAINING
  • Saturday, Oct 20 – UNC Fall break – NO TRAINING
  • Wednesday, October 24, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, October 27, 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 31 – Halloween – NO TRAINING
  • Saturday, November 3, 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 7, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, November 10, 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 14, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, November 17, 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 21 – Thanksgiving Break – NO TRAINING
  • Saturday, November 24 – Thanksgiving Break – NO TRAINING
  • Wednesday, November 28, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, December 1, 9am-3:30pm
  • 24-Hour Help Line:

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