Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center offers services free of charge to survivors of assault, robbery and other violent crimes, and to families of homicide victims. The program offers legal accompaniment and advocacy at all courts in Albany County; assistance in filing claims with the NYS Office of Victim Services (NYS OVS); and referrals to other service providers.
Court Advocates provide victims of crime with emotional support, court advocacy, information, referrals, and addistance in completing compensation forms with the New York State Office of Victim Services.
The Center welcomes all persons 19 years and older as Court Advocates. Volunteers must be comfortable speaking to victims in a courtroom setting and be able to communicate the victim's needs to court personnel.
To complete an application, please visit our website and select "Become a Volunteer":
About Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
112 State Street, Albany, NY 12207, US
The mission of the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center is to provide direct and comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault or other violent crime, and to raise community consciousness of crime through prevention education. The Center also assists other victims of personal violence, particularly adults and children abused within domestic relationships.
Our organization provides services to victims of crime and their friends and family. We also offer a 24-hour crisis hotline which is free and anonymous. We offer many different ways for volunteers to become involved, including staffing our crisis hotline, providing court advocacy, and completing office projects.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Justice & Legal
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112 State StreetRoom 1010Albany, NY12207
August 25, 2020
Orientation or Training
Six month commitment is required following training.
After an initial, 15-hour online training module, they complete a 35-hour Crime Victim Service Provider training as well as in-person shadowing. Through this training, Court Advocates learn how to provide emotional support and court advocacy.