We have an amazing group of volunteer advocates! We definitely couldn’t respond to sexual assault calls without them. Our volunteers respond when we are notified through the crisis line that there is a person who has been sexually assaulted. They are called to the hospital, police department or Rape Crisis Center staying with the person during a sexual assault examination and giving them support and advocacy before, during, and after the examination with a specially-trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). They provide appropriate referrals, references and information to the person as well as give them unconditional emotional support.
Some advocates are further trained to accompany clients to court proceedings and VPO filings.
If you are interested in helping people in crisis after a sexual assault, we’d love to have you on our team! We have 16 hour trainings a few times a year where you learn about the dynamics of sexual assault and how to respond to people who are in that crisis situation. There is an additional six hours of training required before responding to a call as a primary advocate. We meet the first Tuesday of each month.
Keep an eye out for upcoming training dates or call (405) 701-5550 for more information!
The agency is committed to advocacy as a principal strategy to improve the justice system and ensure that victims of abuse achieve safety, autonomy, health, well-being, independence, and justice.
Advocates speak with each victim about their unique situation, explaining applicable court processes. Options are explored and considered, with an emphasis on safety and self-determination. Our Advocates also provide safety planning assistance. Court escorts and follow up phone calls are provided as needed and help to ensure that victims are able to feel supported and informed during the court process.
Advocates also facilitate support groups which provide victims with the opportunity to receive peer support, feedback and encouragement.
Court Advocacy (405) 364-9424
WRC began to offer court advocacy to victims of domestic violence in January of 1997. Staff and volunteers provide support and information about the proper use of the legal system, primarily the VPO (Victims Protective Order). Victims also will be given information to help in decision making regarding the lethality of the situation, as well as steps that may be taken to keep them and their children safe.
Our experienced and talented WRC Volunteers serve many positions.
The women’s domestic violence shelter has a children’s program designed to improve self-concepts and develop coping skills through individual and group contact.
Our crisis line handles confidential crisis intervention, referrals, and information about domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Throughout the year, we have miscellaneous needs for volunteers.
If interested in any of these positions, please contact the shelter at (405) 701-5540.
Volunteer advocates at our Rape Crisis Center sign up for call time and will respond quickly at any time of the day or night to a sexual assault call, as well as staying with a person who has been sexually assaulted during their time of crisis. We offer multiple training sessions throughout the year, for more information please call (405) 701-5550