Office of Victim Advocacy
The Office of Victim Advocacy is a resource to current and returned Volunteers who have been victims of crime, including sexual assault and stalking, and works to ensure Volunteers have access to the full range of support services provided by the Peace Corps, even after end of service.
Highly trained victim advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Peace Corps Volunteers who have been victims of crime during their service, as well as their friends and loved ones who are looking for ways to support them.
OVA is committed to ensuring that all Volunteers who report a crime are treated with compassion, dignity, and respect throughout the reporting process. Peace Corps victim advocates stand with Volunteers through the process, respecting confidentiality and privacy and supporting them as they consider options.
- Information on available mental health, medical, and legal options
- Accompaniment overseas to participate in investigative and legal proceedings
- Assistance with safety planning
- Connecting resources for support services, both within the Peace Corps and from outside organizations, during and after service
- Resources and referrals for friends and family of volunteers who were victims of a crime during service
- Updates throughout the investigative process, legal proceedings, and internal investigations
For more information, see the Peace Corps’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.
Victim advocates are available 24/7.
If you need to speak to a victim advocate right away:
The PC Saves helpline provides anonymous, confidential crisis intervention, support, and information for Peace Corps Volunteers and trainees who have been affected by sexual assault at PCsaveshelpline.org; or call from outside the U.S.: 001.408.844.HELP (4357); from within the U.S.: 408.844.HELP (4357).