VOLUNTEER - Victim Response Team
Provides emotional support and crisis intervention for crime victims in Larimer County. Offers referrals to victims and families of crime.
Victim Advocates will be trained to offer emotional support and crisis intervention to crime victims in Larimer County. They will also provide information on the criminal justice system, support agency referral, aid in acquiring emergency shelter, and facilitate other immediate needs. The victim advocate will provide assistance by filing out a request for an application to receive victim compensation benefits and status and progression of their case through the judicial system.
Advocates will be provided in-depth and ongoing training in dynamics of victimization in victim assistance and will gain direct experience in providing support to people in need. They will also gain knowledge about law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Participation will enhance the community responsiveness to rights of victims and survivors of crime.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
- Receives immediate supervision from the Victim Response Coordinator.
- Provide advocacy and immediate crisis intervention for victims of crime.
- Assess immediate victim needs and provide referrals and follow-up services.
- Act as a liaison between victims and the criminal justice system.
- Provide victims with information on other proceedings.
- Ensure that victims are aware of their rights under the Colorado Crime Compensation Act and the Colorado Law and assist them in applying for appropriate funds if necessary.
- Complete necessary reports and documenting services rendered and activities performed.
- Represent this agency in a positive and professional manner when contacting victims or citizens in general.
- Attend monthly support and training meetings.
- Attend Patrol briefings and area meetings as required.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must reside in Larimer County.
- Must have a valid Colorado driver's license.
- Must have a High School diploma or GED.
- Complete the application, integrity interview, and background investigation process successfully.
- Must be able to work on-call, which may include nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Able to provide his/her own transportation and have appropriate vehicle insurance.
- Advocates must have an open, non-judgmental attitude towards victims/survivors.
- The ability to communicate well, think well, and respond quickly are essential qualifications.
- Must complete initial training.
- Must attend monthly Victim Response Team meetings.
- Must make at least a 1 year commitment to the program.
- Must go on an 8 hour ride-along with an officer as part of initial training, as well as a ride-along yearly.
- Must commit to a minimum of 6-12 hour shifts per month to be available on-call.
- Must observe Communications Unit.
- Be able to cope with emotional and stressful situations.