Survivors Advocacy Team (SAT)
Helping Survivors During Crisis
What is the Survivors Advocacy Team?
Survivors Advocacy Team members (SAT) provide an invaluable service to victims of domestic and sexual violence. SAT members meet and accompany victims at one of four Denton County hospitals for a forensic exam (SANE) or other medical treatment. Trained SAT members receive a call from the Denton County Friends of the Family crisis line when a victim is sent or taken to the hospital by the police department or when they go to the hospital on their own and request a SANE exam. The SAT’s most important job is to support victims and their families with kind, supportive words and a listening ear. SAT members provide information about the free help and services that victims can receive through Denton County Friends of the Family, for instance, counseling, advocacy, and Crime Victim’s Compensation (CVC).
Why be a SAT Volunteer?
These rewarding volunteer opportunities are an amazing way to step foot into a non-profit agency and be client-facing. You will gain experience in the dynamics of relationship violence and sexual assault and work with trauma survivors all while making a difference in your community. These volunteer positions have flexible hours, the crisis line and emergency shelter operate 24-hours, and SAT shifts are an on-call basis. The ability to volunteer in a caring, professional atmosphere with accessible staff and peer support while adding professional skills to your resume.
How Do I Become a SAT Volunteer?
SAT Training Dates
SAT Training will take place over Zoom.
- Tuesday, September 6th | 6 PM – 9 PM
- Wednesday, September 7th | 6 PM – 9 PM
- Tuesday, September 13th | 6 PM – 9 PM
- Wednesday, September 14th | 6 PM – 9 PM
- Tuesday, September 20th | 6 PM – 9 PM
- Wednesday, September 21st | 6 PM – 9 PM
- Tuesday, September 27th | 6 PM – 9 PM
- Wednesday, September 28th | 6 PM – 9 PM
- Saturday, October 1st | 10 AM – 5 PM *
*Full day training will have an hour lunch break
from 1 PM – 2 PM
*Please be advised, this is ALL ONE TRAINING broken up into different sessions. You must attend ALL dates above to be eligible for a SAT volunteer.
*Pre-requisite is attending a volunteer orientation prior to the first day of SAT training.
This 32-hour training equips you with knowledge of crisis intervention, working with clients to achieve safety and all about Denton County Friends of the Family programs and services. We discuss the statistics and definitions of sexual assault and domestic violence and how you as a volunteer play a vital role in the lives of survivors. This training prepares you for either volunteer opportunity and allows volunteers to feel prepared and supported before stepping into their new role. Each DCFOF volunteer reports to a trained staff member for guidance and support in their role.
Questions? Email SAT Coordinator, Daysia Pinke at email@example.com