The Office of Victim Services invites you to join us in offering survivor support services to Ball State students!

We have a Peer Victim Advocate Team (PVAT) who is trained to provide advocacy and after-hours on-call support to survivors of gender based violence. The students filling these positions are also responsible for providing training and educational programs relating to issues involving dating/intimate partner violence, rape/sexual assault, stalking, healthy relationships and related topics. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Peer Victim Advocate Training - FALL 2017

Trainers/Instructors:  Allison Wynbissinger, Victim Advocate                                  
Classroom:                  HC 206
Phone:                        765-285-3775
                       Thursdays, 3:30-4:45pm; September 21 through December 7 (excluding November 23)

It is each applicant’s responsibility to read and become familiar with the information and expectations that are outlined within this webpage.

Topic Matter including but not limited to:
Sexual Assault vs. Rape
Forensic Exams
Intimate Partner Violence
Same Sex Partner Violence
Reporting Options
The Criminal Justice Process
Campus Judicial Process & Title IX
How to Speak to a Survivor
Empathy/ Active Listening
Verbal vs. Non Verbal Behaviors
Common Reactions Among Survivors
Outreach/Risk Reduction v. Prevention
Crisis Response Simulation

Training Description and Goals:

This training introduces the proper methodology behind assisting individuals who have become survivors of gender based violence. This methodology includes such factors as legal and reporting opportunities for survivors, methods for speaking with survivors during rape kits and in the subsequent weeks after, and learning to do sexual assault prevention and outreach education on campus.

Individuals in this training will gain:
     a) knowledge regarding the legal system, specifically the laws related to sexual assault
     b) learn introductory skills for assisting individuals who have been sexually assaulted
     c) enhance knowledge on prevention work and how that work can be conducted on campus.

Training Requirements:
Individuals signing up for the Peer Victim Advocate training are expected to attend training regularly and be active participants in the discussions. In addition, students in this training course will need to accomplish the following requirements:

  1. Attendance at and active participation in weekly meetings: Each session is designed to build necessary skills to assist with your development as a peer victim advocate. If you are unable to attend training due to extraordinary circumstances, you must inform one of the Instructors prior to that day’s meeting.
  2. Assist with volunteering/observing events throughout the semester for a total of two (2) hours: Volunteer/observation opportunities will be presented by the instructors as they become available. Students will be able to sign-up for events that are flexible with their schedule.
  3. Ride along with University Police Department: Students will be required to attend one ride along with UPD over the course of the semester. Each ride-along shift is three hours.

Becoming a Peer Victim Advocate:
Individuals completing the training with satisfactory attendance and participation are invited to become a Peer Victim Advocate the following semester; Peer Victim Advocates are an intricate part of the Office of Victim Service’s mission to assist individuals in the recovery process by providing timely information and confidential support and guidance through the campus judiciary and criminal justice systems. PVAs are required to:

     A. Attend bi-weekly meetings.
     B. Volunteer to be on call a minimum of 2 weekends per semester(Friday/Saturday/Sunday and includes nights).
     C. Volunteer for outreach programming each semester.
     D. Make a good faith commitment to 2 semesters of volunteering.                        

PVAs who meet these requirements will receive a Certificate at the completion of their training semester.

Fill out the Application for Peer Victim Advocate if you are interested in joining the Peer Victim Advocate Team.