Our Victim Advocates are trauma-informed volunteers who are specially trained to respond on-scene along with officers/detectives to offer support to victims of crime who have experienced trauma (primarily domestic violence incidents, and any other type of crime except sexual assault). Our Victim Advocates provide 24 hour coverage (including holidays), offering emotional support, helping victims understand the criminal justice process, and explaining community resources that are available.
Our application process is now open and will close at 5:00 P.M. on February 17, 2019. If you would like to apply, please see the application and job description. You may scan and email it to Hannah Geist or drop it off at the Records window in the BPD lobby.
System-based advocates in the justice system (such as the police department, the District Attorney’s office, Juvenile, and in probation/parole) are not entitled to advocate confidentiality and privilege, unlike community-based advocates in non-profit organizations. Community-based advocates (such as in non-profit organizations like the Domestic Violence Resource Center and the Sexual Assault Resource Center) may be entitled to advocate confidentiality and privilege, many are.
Questions about the Victim Advocate Volunteer Program and Training Academy can be directed to:
Volunteer Program Coordinator