Emergency Room Advocate
The Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is seeking compassionate people to work as Emergency Advocates (Advocates) for survivors of sexual violence. Emergency Advocates provide support and crisis intervention to survivors at the hospital emergency room or police department after office hours and on weekends. Emergency room calls may range from 1-6 hours.
SARA provides 24-hour support to all survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, both adults and children. Advocates may remain with the survivor throughout the forensic/medical exam if the survivor wishes. This is not a counseling or therapeutic position. Strong professional boundaries and an understanding of the limits of one’s competence and role are essential.
This position pays on a split rate, one for being on-call and one for providing ER accompaniment.
- Provide advocacy and remain with the survivor throughout the forensic/medical exam if the survivor wishes.
- Provide active listening, support, referrals and information to the survivor and any friends or family that may accompany them to the hospital.
- Ensure that the client has a safe place to go after leaving the hospital and has a safe mode of transportation to get there.
- Maintain strong professional boundaries and an understanding of the limits of one’s competence and role.
- Following any accompaniments, the Advocate must follow-up with the appropriate staff member to arrange continuing services.
- Input call data into VAData (database used by the agency) within 24 hours of an ER call.
- Complete 40 hours of staff training
- Maintain communication with Crisis Services Coordinator about limits, availability, and calls taken.
- Attend monthly reconnect meetings for updates and additional training.
- Be on-call in a rotation. Advocates may serve either weeknights (MTWR 5p-9a, minimum one a week) or weekends (Friday 5p-Monday 9a, minimum one a month)
- Must pass a criminal background check
Skills and Abilities:
Must be comfortable working in a hospital or police department environment, including but not limited to seeing the drawing of blood and visible injuries.
- Prior experience in positions handling sensitive information and complying with confidentiality policies.
- Must be able to work with a variety of professionals such as law enforcement and hospital personnel and maintain the standards of SARA.
- Must be non-judgmental and have the ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Must have reliable transportation, reliable cell phone and service, and live within 30 minutes of the UVA ER.