Become a Volunteer
The Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center utilizes volunteers as court advocates and sexual assault crisis hotline counselors. Volunteers complete an intensive training program which prepares them for crime victim advocacy in the Albany County local courts or on the 24-hour sexual assault crisis hotline.
Court Advocate volunteers complete a total of fifty hours of online training to become an Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) certified Crime Victim Advocate.
Upon completion of a thirty-five hour training sequence Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline volunteers become certified by the NYS Department of Health as Rape Crisis Counselors and provide advocacy and support to sexual assault victims on the phone and in the Albany County hospital emergency departments and police stations.
Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline trainings begin in January, July and September.
All documents are in PDF format.
Sexual Assault Hotline Program: Description /Application
Court Advocate Program: Description / Application