Rape Victim Advocacy Program volunteers are the backbone of our
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator
at: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for an
The University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) is offering training for advocates and volunteers who wish to help those impacted by sexual assault.
During training, advocates will learn about topics concerning sexual abuse and counseling including general facts about sexual abuse, sexual harassment, incest, the medical and legal processes, victim impact, healing from sexual assault, crisis intervention skills, cross-cultural counseling skills, and general counseling skills.
Summer training starts Monday, June 1 and includes 32 hours of training at the RVAP office, 320 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.
Direct Service Volunteer (Advocate)
Advocates provide support, information and referrals on our 24-hour
local and statewide crisis lines and/or provide in-person medical and
police advocacy for recent sexual assault victim/survivors.
- When on-call, the Crisis Line Advocate will carry a cell phone, so
sitting by a landline is not necessary (although having a quiet and
private location for taking calls is.)
- The In-person Advocate also carries a cell phone. The advocate
must be able to respond within 20 minutes to the location of the
advocacy either at the hospital or police department.
- Advocates (In-person and Crisis Line) attend mandatory monthly
meetings. Meeting times and locations are given well in advance for
advocates' scheduling needs.
Advocates are expected to commit to a minimum of two to three shifts
per month. Following are the types of different shifts:
Weeknight Crisis Line and In-person Advocacy Shifts
- Monday through Thursday-5 pm; that night until 8 am the next
- Friday-5 pm to 9 am Saturday
Weekend Crisis Line shifts
- Saturday-9 am to 5 pm
- Saturday-5 pm to 9 am Sunday
- Sunday-9 am to 5 pm
- Sunday-5 pm to 8 am Monday
Weekend In-person Advocacy shifts
- Saturday-9 am to 9 am Sunday
- Sunday-9 am to 8 am Monday
Indirect Service Volunteers may:
- conduct research and literature searches on specific projects
- assist RVAP staff in setting up and staffing information tables
- assist with RVAP marketing needs
- distribute posters and brochures
- assist with periodic displays of the “Clothesline Project”
- assist with planning and execution of Sexual Assault Awareness
- other duties as necessary
For more indirect service projects, visit rvap.org