Our volunteers are a group of womxn, trans, non-binary, two-spirit, and/or gender-diverse people who provide and invaluable service to our community and to survivors of sexual violence in the greater Fredericton area. Involvement with SVNB gives volunteers the opportunity to gain experience, knowledge and skills in many areas, including crisis intervention, advocacy, non-profit organizations and a variety of issues related to sexual violence.
The support line is a central activity of Sexual Violence New Brunswick; however, it is not our sole focus. Ultimately, our goal is to work towards the eradication of the need for sexual violence services. To this end, we are a feminist based, pro-choice organization that engages in action, prevention and education to promote the equality of all women in order to bring about an end to sexual violence.
Our volunteers take between 4-6 shifts on our support line and also accompany those who have been sexually assaulted to the hospital and/or police station when requested. Our volunteers are actively involved in different aspects of our work (i.e. public speaking, advocacy, fundraising, calls, etc) and are expected to attend the monthly meetings.
Interested applicants must complete the following steps in order to become a volunteer at SVNB.
We appreciate calls and inquiries from Male / male identified allies about how they can help in the struggle to eradicate sexual violence.
Sexual Violence New Brunswick is often asked how men can be involved. As part of our Youth Sexual Violence Prevention Program, SVNB does a lot of work in the local middle and high schools. These programs involve working with youth to address issues of gender stereotypes, sexual assault myths, and how the media impacts healthy relationships. Interested individuals must complete our training sessions; Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training and The Empowerment Project/Man to Man facilitator training in order to begin the process of becoming one of our program facilitators.
As well, SVNB partners with White Ribbon Fredericton, a local committee part of the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. If you are interested in becoming a member of White Ribbon Fredericton please visit White Ribbon Fredericton
The training covers topics such as: feminism, privilege and oppression, why sexual violence happens, basic counselling skills, medical and legal aspects of sexual violence, suicide intervention, child sexual abuse, adult survivors and advocacy.
Training is offered twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall
If you miss a session, you will be able to participate in the next training, but will be required to attend all sessions from the beginning.
The training is offered at the SVNB office, Wednesday evenings and some Saturdays.
Yes all sessions are mandatory.
SVNB requires that volunteers cover 4-6 shifts per month on the support line as well as a one year commitment to the organization.