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RDVIC provides a community-based service that promotes the rights of all individuals to have control of their lives without violence.

 

We provide:

 

Emergency shelter

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RDVIC is a non-profit agency serving Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties in West Virginia. We provide services to men, women, and children who are currently experiencing or who are survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, incest, sexual assault, elder care abuse, care giver abuse, sexual harassment, or stalking.

 
Our services are confidential and free of charge. 

We are an agency against violence.

Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center

24-hour crisis hotline (304) 292-5100

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*The information on this website is based on various pamphlets and literature published by the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the WV Foundation for Rape Information and Services and from the US Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office.

 

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Peer Advocate Program

1. What is the Peer Advocates Program?

•    Because the majority of physical and sexual assault victims first feel comfortable sharing their stories with close friends and peers, it is essential that those most likely to face a situation requiring sexual assault response are trained and available.

•   In response to this, members of a Peer Advocates program, supported and supervised by RDVIC, will be trained to offer crisis intervention in the case of domestic, dating and relationship violence, stalking, and sexual offenses.  These students will work with survivors of assault/abuse (either recently or in the past), providing information, resources, support, referrals, accompaniment, and advocacy. These advocates will also work to educate the campus about interpersonal violence including prevention, how to respond to an assault, men’s roles, legal definitions, campus policies, and awareness of the impact of power based personal violence on survivors, promoting healthy relationships, etc.

•   RDVIC will maintain a 24 hour crisis hotline that provides a safe, confidential setting for questions, concerns, and immediate emotional support and guidance for victims.  Information regarding counseling, forensic and medical exams, reporting an incident, telling parents, and other local support services will be a required part of the training for advocates.   The first option offered by advocates will be to help contact RDVIC or the Carruth Center for Counseling.

•   The services of the Peer Advocates are confidential and free, and are considered a supplementary option to services offered by RDVIC. It will be strongly suggested that Peer Advocates refer survivors who are in need of counseling, medical, and/or legal advice to professionals.

•   A list of peer advocates will be sent to the entire college community, and will be available on the WELLWVU web page.

2. Services Provided by Peer Advocates:

•   Educational programming to various groups on campus about preventing and responding to sexual assault, abuse, stalking, or relationship violence.

•   Listening to victim’s stories with respect and empathy, and offering emotional support in a non-judgmental setting.

•   When necessary, connecting victims to appropriate resources including counseling services, medical facilities, crisis centers, legal services or counsel, etc.

•    Maintaining a 24 hour on-campus availability to respond to victims of assault immediately.

•   If/when ready, helping victims navigate the judicial policies and procedures of reporting incidents on campus and/or within the legal system.

•   Providing information and support to family members or significant others if requested.

3. Training Requirements/Application Process:

The program is open to all students, regardless of previous sexual assault education or advocacy experience. Applicants must be able to meet the following requirements:

•   Must be age 18 minimum.

•   Attend a comprehensive training

•   Attend regular in-service and refresher meetings once per month

•   Commit to at least two academic semesters

•   Assume responsibility for the 24-hour crisis line as needed (min. 2 shifts per month)

•   Maintain on-going contact with RDVIC about the details and logistics of any client support provided (while maintaining confidentiality)

If you meet the listed requirements and are interested in being a Peer Advocate, here’s how to apply:

•   Click here to download a volunteer application.  Fill it out and send it to RDVIC, along with one letter of recommendation

•   All applications will be reviewed and references will be checked

•   All applicants will be interviewed prior to the start of training