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Volunteer for HART

The Hospital Accompaniment Response Team, or HART, advocate is on-call on a rotational basis and present with a sexual assault victim at the hospital before, during, and after the medical forensic examination.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Dispatched to any of the area hospitals within 60 minutes from receiving a call from the Crisis Hopeline
  • Provide timely, non-judgmental, compassionate and immediate care to survivors of sexual assault
  • Provide strengths-based comprehensive and confidential culturally-grounded, trauma informed interventions for survivor
  • Provide emotional support and resources to a survivor during and after the forensic exam
  • Connect survivors to follow-up services, if applicable
  • Call Crisis Hopeline and provide necessary information before leaving 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 6 hours of continuing education yearly by attending available webinars and workshops
  • Will attend and participate in SA hospital accompaniment functions and periodic meetings as directed by Crisis Services Manager

Scheduling minimum requirements:

  • Two shifts a month, one of the two must be a weekend shift
  • On call shifts are 6am to 6pm or 6pm to 6am

Ready to become a HART advocate? Find out more about our volunteer process. 

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