Companions

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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 distant 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.

 

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 Companion training will begin on Thursday, September 4, and run through November 8. Training will be held on Thursday nights from 6 to 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 3:30pm. Please note that the training schedule may be subject to change. All training sessions are mandatory.

Apply here by August 15!

Questions? Please contact Crisis Response Coordinator Joey Honeycutt at joey@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.

  • 24-Hour Help Line:

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