Become a Peer Advocate!

CARE Peer Advocates are a group of highly-trained students who are dedicated to providing support to survivors of sexual violence.  Peer Advocates play a vital role by providing compassionate support to fellow Boilermakers and make a difference in people's lives.


  • Must be a currently enrolled student (undergraduate, graduate or professional) in good academic standing and have completed at least one semester at Purdue University (West Lafayette campus).

  • Must have excellent communication skills and able to respond to students who have recently experienced gender-based violence, including rape, sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence.

  • Must be able to commit to completing 35 hours of training, including 15 hours of in-person training the weekend of February 10–12, 2017, and 20 hours of self-paced, online training to be completed prior to the start of the in-person training.

  • Must be willing to commit to serve in advocate position for the entire semester.

  • Ability to work with limited direct supervision.

  • Must have transportation to be able to respond to local hospitals and/or police agencies as needed.

  • Be willing to serve “on-call” a minimum of two full weeks per semester when CARE’s offices are closed, including overnight and weekend hours.


  • Serve as a peer advocate, responding to after-hours calls from students who have experienced gender-based violence.

  • Accompany students to local hospitals for forensic examinations.

  • Accompany students to police agencies for law enforcement interviews.

  • Help students who have experienced gender-based violence understand their rights and options with respect to reporting and support options.

  • Accurately document services provided and communicate with staff advocate regarding action taken.

  • Refer clients to resources as needed.

  • Attend mandatory monthly meetings.


  • Gain experience in the victim advocacy field.

  • Help provide compassionate support to fellow Boilermakers who experience gender-based violence.

  • Build your resume and your communication skill set.

  • Help make a difference in people’s lives.

Apply Online Now

Applications will be due Sunday, Jan. 22, 11:59 p.m.


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