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 educational programming, response, and inclusive supportive services related to interpersonal violence, through various practice-related responsibilities including:
- working directly with survivors of gender based violence to advise them of their reporting options and campus and community resources;
- providing timely information, survivor centered support, and referral information;
- responding to the impact of interpersonal violence by participating in an on-call rotation to provide after-hour crisis intervention to survivors of physical and sexual assault;
- ability to develop and conduct interactive workshops or presentations to classrooms, student organizations, and residence halls;
- assisting with the recruitment, training, and facilitation of the Peer Victim Advocate (PVA) 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 campus resources, relevant university policies and procedures, as well as Indiana law in order to offer assistance to students. This assistantship requires maturity, discretion, and sound judgment because OVS 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.