The Office of Victim Services invites you to join us in offering survivor support services to Ball State students!
We have a Peer Victim Advocate Team (PVAT) who is trained to provide advocacy and support to survivors of violent crimes. The students filling these positions are responsible for providing training and educational programs relating to issues involving dating/domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, stalking, healthy relationships and related topics. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Peer Victim Advocate Training - SPRING 2017
Trainers/Instructors: Allison Wynbissinger, Victim Advocate
Classroom: HC 206
Course: Thursdays, 3:30-4:45pm 10 Weeks: February 2 through April 20 (excluding March 9 and April 6)
It is each applicant’s responsibility to read and become familiar with the information and expectations that are outlined within this document.
Topic Matter including but not limited to:
Sexual Assault vs. Rape
Rape Study Kit
Same Sex Partner Violence
Legal Information regarding Sexual Assault
How to Speak to a Survivor
Empathy/ Active Listening
Verbal vs. Non Verbal Behaviors
Common Reactions Among Survivors
Establishing a Collaborative Relationship
Outreach/Risk Reduction v. Prevention
Crisis Response Simulation
Crisis Response Simulation
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.
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:
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:
A. Attend bi-weekly meetings.
B. Volunteer to be on call a minimum of 2 weekends per semester(Friday/Saturday/Sunday and includes nights).
C. Volunteer for outreach programming each semester.
D. Make a good faith commitment to 2 semesters of volunteering.
PVAs who meet these requirements will receive a Certificate at the completion of the semester.
Fill out the Application for Peer Victim Advocate if you are interested in joining the Peer Victim Advocate Team.
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