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Sexual Assault Response Team

“Research shows that when a survivor receives compassionate support during the initial response, it has a significant impact on their healing”


  • Provide immediate emotional support to survivors of recent sexual assaults (all genders, 13+)
  • Facilitate accompaniment to the clinic, hospital, and medical/police involvement as requested by the survivor.
  • Provide information regarding medical and forensic procedures, and options for reporting to police.  Survivors are given the opportunity to make informed choices.
  • Provide information on follow-up counselling and justice-related services available through Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.
  • Provide support and information to family and other support people who are present with the survivor.
  • Represent the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre in a professional manner and champion on behalf of the survivor when necessary.


  • three on-call shifts per month for a year (36 shifts total)
  • shifts are overnights and weekends


  • Training is typically offered once a year. It is a 72 hour training program over a three month period facilitated by VSAC staff and counsellors. Training provides both skill development and personal growth work through a series of lectures and role play opportunities.


  • Over 19 years old
  • Criminal record check
  • Live in the Greater Victoria area
  • This volunteer position is open to women, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming folks

Application Process

  1. Application: We ask that all potential SART volunteers fill out an application form. All information given in the application remains confidential. To receive an application contact the Coordinator of Volunteers at
  2. Interview: After completion and review of the application, selected applicants will be scheduled for an interview with the Coordinator of Volunteers. This gives us a chance to learn more about you as well as an opportunity for you to learn more about the program.
  3. Acceptance: After an interview and reference check, all volunteers will be informed by the Coordinator of Volunteers if they have been accepted into training.
  4. Training: It is 72hrs training over a three month period – volunteers are required to attend every session.
  5. Final Review: After evaluation from training, all volunteers will be informed by the Coordinator of Volunteers if they have been accepted as a SART volunteer.

SART Application: email

Next Training

  • January 31, 2018

If you wish to apply or would like more information, please contact the Coordinator of Volunteers at 250-383 – 5545 Ext. 126 or

Thank You for Volunteering With Us!

We look forward to hearing from you.