Mission of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program

 

The AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP) is a multi-agency collaboration designed to address critical service needs in our communities and justice systems by ensuring services and education are available to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking throughout New Hampshire, and promoting community service and a lifetime commitment to volunteerism. 

Members of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program are placed throughout New Hampshire at crisis centers, police departments, prosecutor offices, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office, child advocacy centers, and on college and university campuses to offer support and information to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking. Read more about what AVAP members do here.

AVAP is part of AmeriCorps, a national service program that offers opportunities to Americans who are interested in making a substantial commitment to serve their country through national service.

For more information call us through the Coalition at (603) 224-8893 or email shanna@nhcadsv.org.

 

How to apply to become an AmeriCorps member

Click here to download an application.

The AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program is made up of full and part-time domestic and sexual violence advocates. Each January AVAP seeks candidates for positions to begin in September. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to community service and have an interest in the areas of domestic and sexual violence and stalking. We encourage people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. No prior experience or degree required.

    Other Qualifications

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Must commit to a year of service 
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to remain non-judgmental and be open-minded
  • High level of maturity and ability to work as a team player
  • Valid driver's license, reliable transportation and auto insurance (some sites do not require)

Benefits* 

  • Weekly living allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Childcare (if eligible)
  • Education award
  • Student Loan forbearance and loan interest accrual coverage
  • Excellent training, transferable skills, and great networking experience

     *Benefits are available to full-time members. Some benefits are prorated for part-time members

Training

If  accepted into the program, an extensive two week training  in September prepares members for their site placements in the community. Members receive additional training once a month throughout the year. 

The Clothesline Project

Every April members of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program organize the Clothesline Project which goes on display at the statehouse lawn in honor of Victim's Rights Day. This simple display highlights the pain and healing experienced by survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It gives survivors and their loved ones a way to cope with and express what they have experienced by writing messages on t-shirts.  

The AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program would like to thank the Adair Group for their generous donation of t-shirts to the 2014 Clothesline Project. 

AVAP Alums

AVAP's first members began in 1994 with the Summer of Safety Program.  Today we have over 400 alums.  We would love to reconnect with you! Please send us your current contact information to info@nhcadsv.org or join our members group on Facebook.  AVAP also has a public Facebook page where you can stay connected to the work we do.

Support 

 
The AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program is funded through federal, state, host site, and individual donations. It is only with the support of our contributors that we can continue to provide essential services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. If you would like to help support AVAP and the important work that we do, please contact us through our coordinating program, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence at (603) 224-8893 or at info@nhcadsv.org. You can also support us through our online donation system.
 
 

Contact AVAP

Call us at 603-224-8893 or email shanna@nhcadsv.org.

 

Get HELP Fast

Domestic Violence
24-hour Hotline
1-866-644-3574

Sexual Assault 24-hour Hotline
1-800-277-5570

Find a Crisis Center

Call our hotlines anywhere in New Hampshire for support. Stalking victims should call the Domestic Violence Hotline. TTY available at 1-800-Relay-NH.

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