Volunteer Advocate Program

The Victim Intervention Program’s advocates assist survivors of sexual assault, family and intimate partner violence in the emergency department of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. As first responders and crucial members of the team, our advocates play a vital role and make tremendous difference in the lives of survivors, family members, and friends in the immediate aftermath of a trauma. Advocates volunteer their time and energy to ensure that survivors’ voices are heard, safety is assured, immediate needs are met, and appropriate linkages to important resources are established.

Who can become a Victim Intervention Program advocate?

Our advocates are women and men of at least 21 years of age, and of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. They all share a commitment in wanting to address the needs of survivors and their families during their most vulnerable moments.

Victim Intervention Program advocates must be able to:

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting survivors of interpersonal violence.
  • Reach the emergency department of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell located at 525 E 68th St, within 30 minutes.
  • Complete a free 40-hour training course.
  • Comply with medical clearance standards.
  • Be on-call for at least three shifts per month.
  • Make at least a one year commitment to the program.


Victim Intervention Program

To further explore the rewards of joining the Victim Intervention Program team as a volunteer and to make a difference in the lives of survivors of sexual, family, and intimate partner violence, please contact the Advocate Program Coordinator at 212-746-9414.