UMBC Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates
Position Description (Fall, 2014)
(applications accepted on a rolling basis from April 18 through August 8)
The UMBC Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates program is a comprehensive program funded by a grant from Verizon. The program changes each year and is designed to educate the UMBC Community on specific relationship violence prevention information. The goals of the program are to systematically raise awareness and support for a campus to be without relationship violence and create an environment that encourages healthy relationships and the victims of relationship violence to come forward and receive support. Specific components of the program include:
· Relationship violence prevention education and training for volunteer students, faculty and staff advocates who represent various groups and populations on campus. These advocates will help to educate the campus community about relationship violence prevention through their networks, and serve as referral sources for those who have experienced or are impacted by relationship abuse/violence or have questions about unhealthy relationships.
· Training for UMBC athletic coaches
· Relationship Skills Program via the UMBC Counseling Center
· Awareness, Education and Resources through www.umbc.edu/rvap
· Bystander Intervention training through the Green Dot program (VP Student Affairs Office)
UMBC Relationship Violence Prevention Advocates are UMBC community members who: a) are able to provide relationship/dating/intimate partner violence prevention information to their community networks, b) observe the UMBC community and take notice of and report community issues related to relationship violence to advocate trainers, c) encourage bystander intervention techniques within UMBC community network, d) make appropriate referrals, e) provide helpful resource information to their UMBC community network and individuals, f) support violence prevention efforts on campus, and g) volunteer to staff events (tabling, etc).
1. Must attend training on August 25, 2014 from 9:30am-4pm
2. Must attend the following Friday meetings at noon- August 29; September 5, 12, 19; October 3, 17, 31; November 14; December 5
3. Must share educational information with your network of friends, colleagues, student organizations, team members, and at campus events
4. Must utilize skills to make referrals, provide resources, intervene safely when necessary using bystander intervention skills.
Training topics for advocates will include: characteristics of unhealthy relationships, domestic violence and abuse, healthy relationship skills, bystander intervention, on and off campus resources, helping and referral skills, men’s role in preventing violence, presentation skills, changing culture, identity group needs, etc.