Medical Advocacy Volunteer Requirements
- Complete 60-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention training.
- Complete a federal criminal background check (fingerprinting) at an Accurate Biometrics facility at no cost to the volunteer. Please note that the outcome of this background check may implicate your ability to volunteer with our center. If you have questions about this, please connect with us.
- Complete a background check with IL Department of Children and Family Services. Please note that the outcome of this background check may implicate your ability to volunteer with our center. If you have questions about this, please connect with us.
- Commit to completing 288 hours on-call during a 12-month period or less, with a minimum requirement of completing 24 hours on-call, or two shifts, per month. On-call shifts are 7am-7pm or 7pm-7am. You will have the flexibility to choose your own shifts both during the week and on weekends.
- Attend quarterly supervision by meeting with the Advocacy Volunteer Supervisor or attending Volunteer Support Group. Support groups are offered monthly and supervision with the Advocacy Volunteer Supervisor can be scheduled at any time.
- Complete six additional hours of continuing education each year, including two hours of child-specific content.
- Access to email, internet and a reliable phone.
- Advocates must demonstrate a non-judgmental, supportive attitude toward survivors of sexual violence. Strong interpersonal/communication skills and a focus on empathy are essential.
- Advocates must be committed to the philosophy of our organization: anti-violence, anti-oppression, intersectional feminism, and the empowerment of all survivors of sexual violence.
- If you identify as a survivor, it is important that you have processed your experience through counseling and/or other methods and do not feel a sense of crisis in your daily life. We recognize that healing is often a lifelong process. Typically, we ask that prospective advocates who are survivors wait at least one year since experiencing sexual violence before volunteering. If applicable, it is required that advocates wait at least one year since they have stopped receiving services from Resilience or another rape crisis center before volunteering.