Make a Difference -- Volunteer!
Advocates must be over 18 years of age and willing to consent to a complete criminal history check. Advocates are asked to commit to serving a minimum of eight hours per week for one year. Additional volunteer hours may be required at the time of trial.
- Court Advocacy Unit: This unit is the foundation of the program. Created in 1985, its goals and objectives are to provide comprehensive services to Lane County crime victims. The program provides services to all crime victims, ranging from the least serious misdemeanors to cases that could result in the death penalty. Working from prosecutors’ files, advocates identify and directly contact victims, either in person, by telephone or letter. Services are provided in accordance with the desires of the victim and may include any or all of the following:
- Informing victims of their rights under Oregon law;
- Providing accurate information about the criminal justice system;
- Referring victims to community resources, such as legal services, mental or physical health treatment, financial assistance;
- Accompanying victims to court hearings;
- Giving emotional support.
- Family Violence Unit: Advocates in this unit provide all of the services mentioned above, but work exclusively with victims of family violence. Advocates may also provide safety planning services, child care referrals, supervised parenting options, and information on obtaining protective orders.
- Protective Order Unit: The Protective Order Clinic was created in 1997 to assist petitioners who wish to seek either a restraining or stalking protective order. Advocates are asked to serve 4-8 hours per week for one year, and provide the following services:
Provide assistance in completing the necessary forms for obtaining a protective order;
Accompany petitioners to court hearings;
Make referrals to appropriate community resources.
"Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless"