"The commitment we make to "get things done” goes far beyond our service year. We are working everyday to change the culture surrounding the issues of domestic and sexual violence and stalking to create a safer world. I am proud to be an AVAP advocate."
Members of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program are placed throughout New Hampshire with crisis centers, police departments, prosecutor offices, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, the New Hampshire Department of Justice, child advocacy centers, and college and university campuses to offer support and information to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking.
Members placed with crisis centers
as advocates assist survivors in numerous ways. Advocates answer crisis line calls and work one on one to support victims. They help victims obtain restraining orders, access shelter, support children who have witnessed abuse, facilitate support groups, support sexual assault victims at hospitals and provide referrals for local services. Members may also assist with community trainings and provide outreach and education to schools. They become knowledgeable in local support networks so that they can refer survivors to appropriate services.
Members placed with criminal justice systems serve as liaisons between the survivors and those agencies. Members assist by informing survivors of upcoming trial dates, plea discussions, restitution issues, and the availability of community resources.
Members placed at child advocacy centers
work with the non-offending parents of abused children, the local police departments, prosecutors offices and crisis centers. Members set up forensic interviews, observe interviews and have follow up contact with parents.
College and University members provide outreach and education to the college campus. Members also participate in the distribution of brochures, posters and other information and work with college and university staff, faculty, and students on prevention strategies (policies, procedures, etc.) College and university members assist with major educational events (Take Back the Night, Clothesline Project, etc.)