MESA Volunteer Sexual Assault Advocate
Moving to End Sexual Assault
Job Description: Mental Health Partners MESA Volunteer Advocate
Title: MESA Volunteer Advocate
Supervised by: Hotline Supervisor, MESA/MHP
Time Required: On-call 24 hours total each month; two evening meetings (per month); paperwork Apply online: https://movingtoendsexualassault.org/volunteer/#hotline
Training Provided: minimum 40 hours of multidisciplinary training by MESA/MHP
1. General Duties and Responsibilities:
This is a volunteer/unpaid position through Mental Health Partners and MESA. Volunteers must first pass a background check before volunteering as an advocate. Volunteer advocates commit to staffing a 24-hour crisis/in-person response line to provide in-person crisis intervention, emotional support, legal and medical advocacy, information, and referrals for survivors of sexual violence, their friends, and family.
- 2. Specific Tasks
- Provide in-person response for survivors of sexual violence, their friends and family.
- Supply immediate emotional support, information and referrals to sexual assault survivors and their significant others.
- Act as an advocate for the client during law enforcement investigations; the criminal justice process; courtroom appearances; and medical procedures, including evidence exam.
Definition of Duties:
- Be on-call during assigned shifts, a minimum of 24 hours a month
- Provide emotional support, information and referrals to sexual assault clients and their loved ones.
- Collaborate with other agencies (law enforcement, hospital personnel, etc.) to benefit clients and coordinate care.
- Provide thorough and appropriate follow-up, support, and referral services, as needed for each client.
- Protect the confidentiality of all clients, except when mandatory reporting applies, and to provide counseling according to generally accepted ethical principles.
- Complete all MESA paperwork and data collection within 48 hours of the end of the on-call shift.
- Follow the MESA Fundamental Guidelines.
- Attend all required monthly team and supervision group meetings. Monthly meetings are 1 ½ hours the first Thursday of each month. Supervision groups meet once a month for 2 hours.
- Communicate with staff about scheduling conflicts or changes.
- Ensure clients are aware of the Victim’s Rights legislation that entitles them to be informed, present and heard at critical stages of the criminal justice process.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Moving to End Sexual Assault
1455 Dixon Ave, Lafayette, CO 80026, US
We believe that every person has the right to live free of sexual assault. We are moving to end sexual assault and the suffering it causes in our community. We challenge all forms of oppression and recognize their connection to sexual violence.
The mission Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) is to end the suffering in our community caused by sexual assault. We believe every person has the right to live free of sexual assault. Through our client services we are here to help sexual assault survivors and their loved ones today and through our prevention education programs we are working towards changing tomorrow to ensure a world free of sexual assault.
Since 1972, MESA has and continues to be the only rape crisis center serving Boulder County. MESA serves over 1,000 individuals annually through our Rape Crisis & Information Hotline.