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As a Hospital Accompaniment Response Team advocate or HART advocate, your role is to stay with a sexual assault victim at the hospital and provide immediate care, emotional support and compassion before, during and after a medical forensic exam.

Hospital Accompaniment Response Team advocates are on call on a rotational basis and are present with a sexual assault victim at the hospital before, during, and after the medical forensic examination.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Dispatched to any area hospital within 60 minutes from receiving a call from the Crisis Hopeline
  • Provide timely, non-judgmental, compassionate and immediate care to survivors of sexual assault
  • Offer strengths-based, comprehensive, confidential, culturally-grounded, trauma-informed interventions for the survivor
  • Provide emotional support and resources to a survivor during and after the forensic exam
  • Connect survivors to follow-up services, if applicable
  • Call the Crisis Hopeline and provide necessary information before leaving the hospital
  • Maintain proper records
  • Maintain regular contact with the Crisis Service Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Hospital Advocacy Certification:

  • Complete required training: 40-hour victim-advocacy training, certified by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)
  • Complete 20 hours of on-the-job training (10 hours of observing, 10 hours of being observed) for certification
  • Valid for two years

Maintaining OAG Certification:

  • Must complete six hours of continuing education yearly by attending available webinars and workshops
  • Will attend and participate in Sexual Assault hospital accompaniment functions and periodic meetings as directed by the Crisis Services Manager

Scheduling minimum requirements:

  • Four 6-hour shifts a month, one of the four must be a weekend shift
  • On-call shifts are 12am-6am, 6am-12pm, 12pm-6pm, or 6 pm-12am.

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