What do our volunteers do?
Travis County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Unit Volunteers assist on the front lines of crisis intervention! Our volunteers provide immediate response to victims of various criminal and crisis circumstances. These circumstances include but are not limited to: family violence, sexual assaults, child/elder abuse, aggravated assaults, robberies/burglaries, suicides, structure fires, death notifications, natural/accidental deaths, and major traffic accidents. Volunteers must complete a comprehensive three week training program AND must be accompanied on a series of call outs before they can begin taking calls on their own. Each month, Volunteers are required to take 4 four-hour shifts. During these shifts, volunteers are “on call” and must be prepared to respond to a request for assistance immediately.
We accept volunteers of excellent moral standing who have the sensitivity and self-awareness required to provide effective assistance to those in crisis. Participating in our volunteer program is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in crisis intervention, learn about the criminal justice system/law enforcement response, and enhance knowledge of community resources while performing a needed and rewarding service!
Should you consider volunteering with us?
- Are you 21 or older?
- Does a reliable car get you from point A to point B?
- Do you have the state required insurance for that reliable car?
- How about a working cell phone?
- Does your schedule allow for 4 four-hour shifts of on call a month?
- Could you make a one year commitment to the program?
- Would you have the availability to complete the specified training: Mondays 6-9p, Thursdays 6-9p, and Saturdays 9a-5p for three weeks?
If you have an interest in victim assistance and answered “yes” to all of these questions, we encourage you to apply to be a volunteer with us!
The Application Process:
- Fill out and submit the online application.
- The Travis County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a background inquiry.
- If selected, you will interview with the volunteer program coordinator.
- Selected candidates from the interview process will complete the required three week training.
- We welcome you to the Victim Services Unit Volunteer Program!
If you are experiencing difficulties with the online application or for more information, please contact Lindsey Cunningham at (512) 854-8456.