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Basic Advocacy Training

Individuals who would like to volunteer as Advocates on the Crisis Line must first complete the agency's 30-hour Basic Advocacy Training. Individuals who have prior experience in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault may be given an exemption from part or all of this requirement.

Basic Advocacy Training is generally offered 4 times a year in January/February, April/May, July/August, October/November. The training usually lasts for 5 weeks and is held on M/W eves (or Tu/Th eves) and Sat mornings.

Topics Covered:
  • Agency Orientation
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Advocacy Skills

Additionally, individuals must complete a minimum of 16 hours shadowing an experienced advocate on the crisis line before being approved to work on their own.

Volunteers are given the opportunity to listen in on calls that come in to the crisis line. As an individual begins to feel more comfortable, she can begin answering calls with the experienced advocate listening in for support. Upon approval the volunteer will be able to answer calls on her own.

You can print out and mail a Volunteer Application Form (requires Acrobat Reader).

For more information, or to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator, call 503-232-4176 or e-mail .



business phone: (503) 232-9751 | fax: (503) 234-3749
P.O. Box 42610, Portland, OR 97242