Help support survivors!
SHARPP Peer Advocates work directly with survivors of interpersonal violence to support them in making decisions after an experience of violence. They staff our 24/7 helpline and support survivors by providing emotional support, information, and resources on the telephone, as well as providing in-person support at the hospital, police station, and other areas.
Who is eligible to be a Peer Advocate?
Undergraduate and graduate students with dedication and a desire to work directly with individuals who have experienced interpersonal violence are eligible to become Peer Advocates. While all students can pursue becoming a Peer Advocate, preference may be given to students who are not in their final year at UNH and who are not in their first semester at UNH. The training is capped at 20 students.
How do I become a Peer Advocate?
To become a Peer Advocate, students must participate in JUST 410: SHARPP Peer Advocacy. This fully credited course guides students through the process of learning about the dynamics of interpersonal violence, the systems survivors encounter, resources available to support survivors during their time here at UNH, as well as the skills needed to work directly with survivors. This course provides the required training to allow for confidential advocacy under NH RSA 173-C.
JUST 410 is offered every fall, and is a permission-only course. If you are interested in taking JUST 410 and becoming a Peer Advocate, complete the brief application below. SHARPP staff will then reach out to you to schedule and informal meeting to discuss the opportunity further.
Students who meet the following requirements will go on to become SHARPP Peer Advocates:
- Academically pass JUST 410
- Attend class enough to have met 30 hour minimum training requirement
- Be approved by SHARPP’s Direct Services Coordinator to begin working as an Advocate
What is the time commitment?
After completing the required training through JUST 410 and once approved by SHARPP’s Direct Services Coordinator, students should expect to staff our 24/7 helpline at least 3 times per semester. Shifts are selected by the student, and the length of shifts will be discussed during the informal meeting prior to registering for JUST 410.
What is expected of me after JUST 410?
In addition to staffing the helpline 3 times per semester, Peer Advocates are asked to:
- Commit to SHARPP for a minimum of 2 semesters
- Attend monthly continuing education meetings offered during the academic year
- Attend SHARPP’s September Open House and April Anti-Violence Rally & Walk, as well as provide advocacy services as needed at various events throughout the year.
What skills will I gain by being a Peer Advocate?
Becoming a Peer Advocate provides many opportunities and benefits to students, including:
- Increased knowledge of IPV including the way it impacts individuals, and how our systems respond to IPV
- Gaining skills to work directly with individuals and provide empathy, emotional support, and resources
- Opportunity to make a difference in your community
- Active engagement in social justice
- Valuable connections with peers who share the same passion and dedication to survivors and this work