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  1. The volunteer will receive direction and support from the Coordinator.
  2. The volunteer responds to a crisis situation (i.e. calls to the scene) and provides:
    • Provides short-term practical and emotional assistance to victims 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Provides information and resources for appropriate community services for follow-up or long term assistance.
    • Reduces the negative impact of victimization and lessen the trauma induced by crime and crisis by providing immediate, supportive response.
    • Provides information to victims on:
      • Victim Witness Assistance Program
      • Victim Rights and Services
      • Victim Impact statements
      • Emergency Food and shelter
      • Counselling options
    • Participates in victim advocacy and community education.
    • Works cooperatively with emergency services and the community.
    • Help victims identify their needs, concerns and develop strategies to address them.
    • Assists in Safety Tips.
  3. The volunteer submits a written report the next day of the occurrence.
  4. Volunteers commit to attending 8 out of 9 monthly volunteer meetings for on-going training and development.
  5. Volunteers must be responsible for their time commitment.
Click here to get a Printable volunteer application(PDF)
Rewards for Volunteering
  • Assist victims and their families following police involvement to help lessen the pain.
  • Fulfill a unique role in our community by assisting victims of crime and other tragic circumstances.
  • Learn skills that you can use for a lifetime.
  • Meet other dedicated people like yourself.
Requirements for Volunteering:
  • You must be 19 years of age or older.
  • You must be willing to submit a police clearance.
  • You must be willing to complete 40 hours of training.
  • Attend monthly volunteer meetings on the third Wednesday of each month( except July, August and December ).
  • Willing to commit to a minimum of 36 hours a month.
  • Commit to a minimum of one year of volunteer activity.
  • Crisis response volunteers must have use of a car and possess a valid driver's license and auto insurance.
  • Should your application be approved, Victim Assistance Services of Oxford County is unable to provide a written letter of reference until you have volunteered for one year.
Training for Volunteers

Complete, in depth training is provided to all volunteers. The curriculum includes service delivery, crisis intervention, the impact of trauma and an awareness of the issues faced by victims. These include family violence, sexual assault, grief/bereavement, robbery trauma and the criminal justice process.

Your Application:

Your application will be kept on file until our next volunteer training session. Training opportunities are held twice a year in Oxford County.

An application will be kept on file for a maximum of 12 months. If you are unable to join us in a training opportunity within that time, you will be asked to re-submit a volunteer application.

Click here to get a Printable volunteer application(PDF)

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