Victim Services

Get Involved

The Office of Victim Services invites you to join us in the violence prevention movement. We accept:

  • volunteers
  • practicum students
  • interns

In addition, we have a Peer Victim Advocate Team (PVAT) who is trained to provide advocacy and support to victims of crime. The students filling these positions are responsible for providing training and educational programs relating to issues involving dating/domestic violence, Internet safety, rape/sexual assault, stalking, date rape drugs, healthy relationships and related topics. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Fill out the Application for Peer Victim Advocate if you are interested in joining the Peer Victim Advocate Team. 

Peer Victim Advocate Training - Spring 2014

Trainers/Instructors: Allison Wynbissinger, Victim Advocate
                                   Emily Barnum, Doctoral Student

Office:                        HC 205
Phone:                       765-285-7844

It is each applicant’s responsibility to read and become familiar with the information and expectations that are outlined within this document.

Training Description and Goals:

This training introduces the proper methodology behind assisting individuals who have become survivors of sexual assault. This methodology includes such factors as legal and reporting opportunities for survivors, methods for speaking with survivors during rape kits and in the subsequent weeks after, and learning to do sexual assault prevention and outreach education on campus.

Individuals in this training will gain a) knowledge regarding the legal system, specifically the laws related to sexual assault, b) learn introductory skills for assisting individuals who have been sexually assaulted, c) enhance knowledge on prevention work and how that work can be conducted on campus.

Training Requirements:

Individuals signing up for the Peer Victim Advocate training are expected to attend training regularly and be active participants in the discussions. In addition, students in this training course will need to accomplish the following requirements:

  1. Attendance at and active participation in weekly meetings: Each session is designed to build necessary skills to assist with your development as a peer victim advocate. If you are unable to attend training due to extraordinary circumstances, you must inform one of the Instructors prior to that day’s meeting.

  2. Assist with volunteering/observing events throughout the semester for a total of two (2) hours: Volunteer/observation opportunities will be presented by the instructors as they become available. Students will be able to sign-up for events that are flexible with their schedule.

  3. Ride along with University Police Department: Students will be required to attend one ride along with UPD over the course of the semester. Each ride-along shift is three hours.

Becoming a Peer Victim Advocate: Individuals completing the training with satisfactory attendance and participation are invited to become a Peer Victim Advocate the following semester; Peer Victim Advocates are an intricate part of the Office of Victim Service’s mission to assist individuals in the recovery process by providing timely information and confidential support and guidance through the campus judiciary and criminal justice systems. PVAs are required to attend monthly meetings, volunteer to be on call a minimum of 4 times per semester, and volunteer for a minimum of five (5) hours of outreach programming per semester. PVAs who meet these requirements will receive a Certificate at the completion of the following semester.

WEEK       DATES                        TOPICS/EVENTS
1              February 26, 2014       Sexual Assault vs. Rape
2              March 5, 2014             Relationship Violence
                                                  Same Sex Partner Violence
3              March 19, 2014           Stalking
4              March 26, 2014           Legal Information regarding Sexual Assault
5              April 2, 2014               How to Speak to a Survivor
                                                   Empathy/ Active Listening
                                                   Verbal vs. Non Verbal Behaviors
6              April 9, 2014                Common Reactions Among Survivors
7              April 16, 2014              Establishing a Collaborative Relationship
                                                   Outreach/Risk Reduction v. Prevention
8              April 23, 2014              Peer Victim Advocate Simulation