Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
Advocate for Victims of Crime in Local Courts
Company: Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
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Location: 112 State Street, Room 1010, Albany, NY, 12207
Project Details

Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center offers services free of charge to survivors of assault, robbery and other violent crimes, and to families of homicide victims. The program offers legal accompaniment and advocacy at all courts in Albany County; assistance in filing claims with the NYS Office of Victim Services (NYS OVS); and referrals to other service providers.

Court Advocates provide victims of crime with emotional support, court advocacy, information, referrals, and addistance in completing compensation forms with the New York State Office of Victim Services.

The Center welcomes all persons 19 years and older as Court Advocates. Volunteers must be comfortable speaking to victims in a courtroom setting and be able to communicate the victim's needs to court personnel.

To complete an application, please visit our website and select "Become a Volunteer":

General requirements


  • Orientation or Training
  • Six month commitment is required following training.
  • After an initial, 15-hour online training module, they complete a 35-hour Crime Victim Service Provider training as well as in-person shadowing. Through this training, Court Advocates learn how to provide emotional support and court advocacy.
  • Category
    Advocacy & Human Rights
    Crisis Support
    Justice & Legal
    Skills Area
    Legal (General)