The Office of Victim Services (OVS) offers one assistantship each academic year. The Graduate Assistant (GA) is responsible for assisting the Victim Advocate in all aspects of prevention, response, and supportive services related to sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, through various practice-related responsibilities including:
- conducting workshops and giving presentations to classrooms, student organizations, and residence halls;
- on-call availability by carrying an after-hours cell phone during a designated on-call rotation to provide 24-hour crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault;
- working directly with victims of crime to provide timely information, confidential support, and legal or referral information;
- assisting with the training and facilitation of the Peer Victim Advocate team;
- daily interaction with students and the campus community, both one-on-one and large group settings.
The graduate assistant is expected to become familiar with relevant university policies and procedures, as well as Indiana law in order to offer assistance to students, faculty, and staff. This assistantship requires maturity, discretion, and sound judgment because the Office deals with highly confidential information that is restricted by state law. Through these and other responsibilities, the GA will be involved in virtually all OVS functions. Those students interested in gaining violence prevention and advocacy experiences are encouraged to apply.