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CRISIS ADVOCATES NEEDED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS THROUGH THE SOUTHERN ARIZONA CENTER AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT, A PROGRAM OF CODAC.
Crisis Advocates provide crisis intervention, support, advocacy, information and referrals for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Advocates answer crisis calls via agency phone and respond to the hospital to meet with and support survivors during a crisis, after office hours and on weekends. Survivors may be of any age, gender, sexual orientation, race, background, etc.
Answer agency phone as crisis calls come in through the crisis line.
Provide brief crisis intervention and respond to hospital sexual assault response calls (as needed).
Advocate for and assist victims in connecting with support services in the community including shelters, law enforcement, medical and social services.
Provide information about options on orders of protection.
Maintain confidentiality of client.
Coordinate with on-call Forensic Nurse when receiving a call from hospitals or law enforcement about sexual assault.
Document all activities appropriately.
Complete intakes and service plans and assist with care coordination for integrated services, as needed.
Take at least two (2) on-call shifts each month.
Knowledge and sensitivity regarding issues of sexual assault, human trafficking and domestic violence.
Ability to make a long-term commitment. This includes availability on evenings, weekends and holidays.
Ability to work with diverse populations.
Ability to complete initial training program and follow-up shadowing.