There are many ways to be involved with Battered Persons’ Advocacy (BPA). Our volunteers are a huge asset, logging over 16,000 hours a year to help us meet our clients needs and make our organization strong.
BPA has a variety of volunteer opportunities which include:
- helping people with the court and restraining order process
- answering the crisis line calls – providing information and options for victims
- providing office support
- helping with outreach and fundraising events
- facilities and grounds maintenance
- an advocate for the Sexual Assault Response Team
Our Volunteer Coordinator can speak with you about options that are right for you. All volunteer positions require a criminal background check, orientation, and training.
*Accepting Volunteer Application for new volunteers.
All volunteers are required to complete 40 hours of Core Advocate Training. Volunteers are now able to complete 30 of the 40 hours of training on line via our OCADSV Learning Environment website. After volunteers are enrolled on the website they can work from home at their own pace. We do ask that the online training be completed in a timely fashion. The 30 hours of online training consists of the following 8 modules:
- Overview of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking.
- Anti-Oppression, Dismantling Racism, and Cultural Competency
- Effects of Exposure to Violence on Children
- Understanding Those Who Abuse, Stalk, and Sexually Offend
- Roles and Responsibilities of a Community Based Advocate
- Legal Responses
Community Resources and Working with Systems
The remaining 10 hours consists of the following in person training:
- BPA Overview/Basics
- Transitional Housing Referrals Overview
- Shelter Services Overview
- Legal Advocacy Team Overview
- Sexual Assault Services Overview