SAT Opportunities 

SAT (survivor's Advocacy Team) are volunteer roles open to anyone in our community who completes an application, screening, training and has passed the required background check. All volunteers report to a DCFOF staff member to offer guidance, support and oversee all advocacy efforts of SAT and CIS volunteers. 

"I love volunteering at the shelter because I am inspired by the women who come here for a new start. They come with few possessions but a heart full of dreams for a new peaceful life. " -Sherri 
Reach out to Jennifer Wyatt for more information.

*Pre-requisite is attending a volunteer orientation prior to or close to the first day of SAT training. 

This 30-hour training equips you with knowledge of crisis intervention, working with clients to achieve safety and all about Denton County Friends of the Family programs and services. We discuss the statistics and definitions of sexual assault and domestic violence and how you as a volunteer play a vital role in the lives of survivors.  This training prepares you for either volunteer opportunity and allows volunteers to feel prepared and supported before stepping into their new role. Each DCFOF volunteer reports to a trained staff member for guidance and support in their role. 

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How Do I Become a SAT Volunteer? 

  1. Apply to be a SAT/CIS volunteer! 
  2. Let us know you want to be a SAT/CIS Volunteer! Tell us by completing the form
  3. Attend all required training dates  (must attend Volunteer Orientation and the SAT/CIS training)

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What is a SAT Volunteer? 

Survivors Advocacy Team members (SAT) provide an invaluable service to victims of domestic and sexual violence. SAT members meet and accompany victims at one of four Denton County hospitals for a forensic exam (SANE) or other medical treatment. Trained SAT members receive a call from the Denton County Friends of the Family crisis line when a victim is sent or taken to the hospital by the police department or when they go to the hospital on their own and request a SANE exam. The SAT’s most important job is to support victims and their families with kind, supportive words and a listening ear. SAT members provide information about the free help and services that victims can receive through Denton County Friends of the Family, for instance, counseling, advocacy and Crime Victim's Compensation (CVC). To learn more about sexual assault.

In 2019, we dispatched 221 sexual assault calls and answered 2,389 crisis hotline calls. These numbers would not be the case without our trained and dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers make it possible to provide clients with compassionate and comprehensive services. 


How do I start? 

  • If you are not currently a volunteer, please submit your application!
  • Attend volunteer orientation 
  • Email volunteer@dcfof.org to sign up for the current quarter's training  
  • Be sure to note what volunteer opportunity you are interested in 
  • Attend all required training dates  

2020 Training Dates:

March

3rd, 4th and 5th | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

7th | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

10th, 11th, and 12th | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

14th | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

June

2nd, 3rd, and 4th | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6th | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

9th, 10th, and 11th | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

13th | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

September

15th, 16th, and 17th | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

19th | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

22nd, 23rd, and 24th | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

26th | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*Please be advised, this is ALL ONE TRAINING broken up into different sessions. You must attend ALL dates above to be eligible for a SAT volunteer. 

*Pre-requisite is attending a volunteer orientation prior to the first day of SAT training. 

This 30-hour training equips you with knowledge of crisis intervention, working with clients to achieve safety and all about Denton County Friends of the Family programs and services. We discuss the statistics and definitions of sexual assault and domestic violence and how you as a volunteer play a vital role in the lives of survivors.  This training prepares you for either volunteer opportunity and allows volunteers to feel prepared and supported before stepping into their new role. Each DCFOF volunteer reports to a trained staff member for guidance and support in their role. 

Why volunteer for these opportunities?  

  • These rewarding volunteer opportunities are an amazing way to step foot into a non-profit agency and be client facing. You will gain experience in the dynamics of relationship violence and sexual assault and work with trauma survivors all while making a difference in your community. These volunteer positions have flexible hours, the crisis line and emergency shelter operate 24-hours and SAT shifts are an on-call basis. The ability to volunteer in a caring, professional atmosphere with accessible staff and peer support while adding professional skills to your resume. 

SAT Schedule

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1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence

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4,139 adults and children received 86,534 services in 2018