What skills will you use, as a victim advocate, to aid the victim
1. Read each of the four hypothetical situations and answer the following question for each:
What skills will you use, as a victim advocate, to aid the victim?
a. You are a victim advocate working at a domestic abuse shelter. A call comes in from the local police station informing you that there has been an instance of domestic abuse, and a perpetrator has been arrested. You are asked to go to the scene to talk to the victim.
b. You are a victim advocate working on a suicide prevention hotline. A call comes in from a teenage boy who is considering taking his life.
c. You are a child counselor/advocate at a Victim Witness Program. You are asked to talk to a ten-year old boy who has just witnessed a homicide.
d. You are a victim advocate for a rape crisis center. You are responsible for working with the female victim of a violent sexual assault by a stranger. You also need to work with the victim’s spouse.
You may wish to consider the following before discussing each hypothetical:
– Is this an example of a crisis situation? If so, what crisis interventionist skills will you use?
– How will you help the victim cope with their short-term emotional trauma?
– How will you help the victim cope with their long-term emotional trauma?
– What type of listening skills will you use in helping the victim?
– What kinds of advocate skills will you use in working with the victim’s family or friends?
2. Think about your own position in this society.
a. List ten privileges that you have based on your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability.
b. List ten ways that you feel disadvantaged by this society, based on your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability.