Springfield victim support organization The Victim Center is hosting a Volunteer Victim Advocate Open House this Saturday.
The event at the Victim Center at 819 North Boonville Avenue from 3 to 5 p.m. will provide information and a path to help for those interested in helping victims of crimes in the area.
The Springfield Police Department has reported a 20% increase in violent crime in the first six months of 2019 when compared to the same time the previous year. The Victim Center has seen a corresponding climb in calls for support to their hotline.
“Unfortunately, The Victim Center’s services continue to be in high demand, as indicated by the 18.5% increase in the number of victims calling our 24-hour crisis response line in 2019 compared to 2018,” Victim Center Executive Director Brandi Bartel told OI. “Although this trend is heart-wrenching, it is also encouraging to know that there is a place like The Victim Center for victims of violent or sexual crimes to receive hope and healing free of charge. It’s humbling to be a resource for those in their darkest hour, but we cannot do it alone. We rely on the generosity of volunteers and community support to continue our life changing and life saving services.”
Advocates can choose their call shifts and will receive training by the Victim Center. Interviews, reference checks, and background checks will be conducted on all applicants.
Interested individuals can show up at the open house or they can call Paula at 417-863-7273 for more information.