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Direct Service

Direct service advocates work directly with clients. An advocate is potentially the first person to tell a survivor of sexual abuse, “I believe you” and the first person to affirm, "It's not your fault." In addition to responding to the immediate needs of survivors, advocates learn professional and practical interpersonal skills while gaining valuable experience beneficial within the fields of social work, law, medicine, and psychology, among others.

Training requirement: Direct service advocates are required to attend a 32-hour training over a span of two weeks. ALL dates are mandatory. This training certifies you to be an advocate in the State of Iowa. Click here to see our next training dates. 

There are two options if you are interested in joining our direct service team: 

  • In-Person Advocacy
  • Crisis Line (Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline or ISAH) Advocacy 

1. In-Person Advocacy 

Expectations 

  • Provide interpersonal support to survivors in hospitals and police stations
  • Be available for dispatch any time an individual discloses sexual abuse at the following seven locations: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC), Iowa City Mercy Hospital, UI Public Safety, Iowa City Police Department, Coralville Police 
  • Respond to the needs of any support people present (friends, family, partners, etc)
  • Pick up materials from RVAP the day of their shift and return materials the following business day

Qualifications 

  • Be at least 19 years old
  • Pass background check
  • Have access to reliable transportation
  • Respond to location within 20 minutes of the call
  • Volunteer 3 shifts per month
  • Commit to volunteer for one year

2. Crisis Line (ISAH) Advocacy 

Expectations 

  • Provide interpersonal support to survivors and their loved ones on the state-wide line
  • Answer line in-house at the ISAH office (332 S Linn Street, Suite 100, Iowa City, IA 52240)

Qualifications 

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass background check 
  • Volunteer 3 shifts per month
  • Commit to volunteer for one year

For more information, see the ISAH website here.