Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Program

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

The role of the SAVA is to provide support, information, and resources during the forensic medical examination and law enforcement interview. The purpose of the hospital response is two-fold: to ensure the physical well-being of the victim and to collect forensic evidence that may be present. SAVAs meet with Law Enforcement, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, and Victims of sexual assault at all local hospital emergency departments, primarily in Multnomah County.

Prior to volunteering SAVAs complete a 40-hour training on advocacy and hospital response, generally scheduled twice annually in the spring and fall. On-call SAVAs are scheduled three times per month, based on the availability they provide to SAVA program staff. Shifts are weekday overnights (Monday-Friday 5:00pm to 8:00am the following day) or weekends (Saturday, Sunday, or holiday 8:00am to 8:00pm and 8:00pm to 8:00am).

The requirements to be a SAVA are as following:

  • Have reliable transportation, valid Oregon driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Consent to a criminal background investigation
  • Agree to a one-year commitment from the end of training
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Attend all 40 hours of training sessions prior to responding to calls
  • Attend four ongoing trainings a year (bi-monthly, the first Tuesday evening of the month)
  • Sign a confidentiality agreement
  • Submit proof of COVID vaccination or an approved exception

If you would like to be considered for the role of a SAVA, please complete an application and background check form, and submit copies of your driver’s license and insurance. Class size is limited.

You may send in your application the following ways:

Mail:

Victim Assistance Program
District Attorney’s Office
Attn: SAVA Program Coordinator
1200 SW First Ave, Suite 5300
Portland, Oregon 97204

Email:
sava@nullmcda.us

Fax:
503-988-3304

For further information, contact the MCDA Victim Assistance Program at (503) 988-3222 or email sava@nullmcda.us