Become an Advocate


Safe Harbor Advocates are part of a multi-disciplinary team of partners called the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), also including support personnel, administrators, law enforcement, medical professionals, mental health practitioners, community agencies, and others. The team approach to helping survivors of sexual assault and dating/domestic violence is vital to ensuring that a survivor-centered approach is taken during the recovery process.

The main responsibility of a Safe Harbor Advocate is to accompany and support survivors and their families through the aftermath of sexual assault and dating/domestic violence or abuse. Safe Harbor Advocates have a unique responsibility as part of the SART to provide a continuity of care during all aspects of their recovery, such as medical and psychological treatment, safety planning, investigations, and the judicial process.

The following are some examples of the responsibilities of Safe Harbor Advocates:

  • provide primary intervention,
  • educate and provide information to the survivor and their family and friends about what the survivor may be experiencing and will continue to experience emotionally and physically,
  • informing the survivor and their family and friends about what procedural events may occur,
  • provide support to the survivor during the medical and legal process,
  • provide information about the survivor's rights,
  • assist survivors in negotiating the medical, judicial, or any other systems they might have to navigate to complete their recovery process.

To Volunteer with Safe Harbor, please contact: safeharbor@auburn.edu

Potential advocates should meet the following qualifications:

1) Professional/graduate level, with experience in counseling or advocacy.

2) Commitment to the program and the time it takes to be a part of it, 3 or more semesters to be trained as well as be a consistent advocate to meet the needs of students.

3) Following of policies, procedures, and confidentiality.

4) Mandatory attendance at monthly Safe Harbor meetings