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.
- 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 (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)
- Our next Companion training will begin in September 2016.
- Schedule TBD, but likely Saturdays (9am-3:30pm) and one weeknight (6-9pm).
- Applications are due Friday, August 26, 2016.
- Some sessions are conducted jointly with Start Strong Educators.
- Questions? Please contact Crisis Response Coordinator Natalie Ziemba at Natalie@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.