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

This 32-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 PEAP 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 Fall Training Dates:

Training will take place over Zoom.

  • Saturday, October 3rd from 10 am-4 pm (lunch break 12-1)
  • Tuesday, October 6th from 6-9 pm 
  • Wednesday, October 7th from 6-9 pm
  • Friday, October 9th from 6-9 pm
  • Saturday, October 10th from 10 am-4 pm (lunch break 12-1)
  • Tuesday, October 13th from 6-9 pm
  • Wednesday, October 14th from 6-9 pm
  • Thursday, October 15th from 6-9 pm 
  • Saturday, October 17th from 10 am-4 pm (lunch break 12-1)

*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 32-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. 

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Typical warning signs of abuse

1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence - Preview

1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence

4,405 adults and children received 94,065 services in 2019 - Preview

4,405 adults and children received 94,065 services in 2019