Help support victims of crime

From: Todd Loggan, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4562

Media and Interested Parties

The Clackamas County District Attorney’s office is looking for Volunteer Victim Advocates, both male and female, who are interested in helping victims of crime in the county. As a Victim Advocate, you will have the unique privilege of providing crisis intervention and follow-up support to people who are experiencing trauma caused by crime. Advocates keep victims informed of their case status, accompany victims to court (if applicable) and encourage and support them in exercising their rights under Oregon law. 

“Being the victim of a crime can be extremely traumatic,” stated District Attorney John Foote. “Knowing you have someone on your side, helping you along the way, can make all the difference in the world in recovery for the victim.”

Many volunteers work full-time jobs along with their volunteer commitment. Essential qualities include empathy, good listening skills and being able to help people problem-solve. Advocates must be at least 18 years of age and have reliable transportation and no criminal background. Victim Advocacy is a very rewarding opportunity to help people within your community. 

If you are interested, training will begin in September. Please contact Krysti Bellmore at 503-655-8616 or krystibel@clackamas.us.
 
More information on the program can be found online.