Eagle County looks for volunteer advocates
Ryan Summerlin January 23, 2013
EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County is currently searching for volunteers to join its advocates team.
Volunteer advocates are trained to respond to crime situations in person, or by telephone, in order to give immediate support and assistance to victims, their families and friends. Advocates are trained to answer questions the victims may have, to make appropriate referrals to assist with any community services, to accompany a victim during interviews, to provide courtroom support (if time allows or there is a need), or just to give comfort and support.
Scenarios advocates face include holding a child’s hand in the emergency room while his mother gets an X-ray, comforting a teenager after she’s been sexually assaulted at a party or helping a tourist whose wife suddenly died while on their vacation together.
“Volunteer advocates are on-call 24/7 to provide emotional support and information to victims of crime or crisis,” said Deena Ezzell, the county’s victim services coordinator. “We’re not therapists, but we’re trained to help with that initial crisis, neighbor-to-neighbor.”
No experience is necessary, intensive training is provided by the Sheriff’s Office and the next training session starts this weeks are underway. Contact Deena at 970-328-8539 for more information.-