Sexual Assault Response Advocate (SARA) Volunteer


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Confidential locationArlington, VA 22210


Volunteers must be 18 or older, complete 40 hours of in-person training and submit background checks. One year commitment required.

** We are now recruiting for our Spring Training beginning in late April 2018**

We are seeking individuals to act as Sexual Assault Response Advocate (SARA) Volunteers to respond to the hospital to support survivors of sexual violence. SARA Volunteers will provide accompaniment, emotional support, crisis intervention, advocacy, and referrals before and after a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (S.A.N.E.). Volunteers are on-call for 8 or 12 hour shifts, weekdays, weeknights, weekends, and holidays. Volunteers must be available to report to INOVA Fairfax Hospital within 30-40 driving minutes of receiving the call (the hospital is not metro accessible). Volunteers are required to take at least two shifts per month.

Doorways for Women and Families creates pathways for women, men, and children out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault toward safe, stable and empowered lives by offering emergency shelter, housing, life changing support services and community advocacy in Arlington, Virginia.


  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Crisis Intervention

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One Year Commitment Required; 2 shifts/month
  • 40+ hours of in-person required training--classes start in late April 2018

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