Travis County looking for help with family violence cases

The Victim Services Unit of the Travis County Sheriff's Office is looking for people to help deputies. (KXAN Photo)
The Victim Services Unit of the Travis County Sheriff's Office is looking for people to help deputies. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Victim Services Unit of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is looking for people to help deputies.

They are asking for volunteers to help during family violence, sexual assaults, child/elder abuse, aggravated assaults, robberies/burglaries, suicides, fires, and major traffic accidents.

“Our unit is on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to go out to respond to on-scene requests, to assist people with crisis intervention, [and] getting through the criminal justice process,” Amy Durall, Travis County Victim Services Director says.

This year the department needs more volunteers to address the growing number of people and crime. From 2010 to 2015, aggravated assaults with a deadly weapon in Travis County grew by 108 percent, while aggravated assaults grew by 25 percent in that same time frame.

“In the last three years, we’ve seen a large increase in the number of victims that we’re called to serve,” Durall says. “We carry roughly 45-50 volunteers, we could easily double that and still have room on the calendar for people to sign up for shifts.”

They not only help Travis County areas, but also municipalities within Travis county like Lakeway, Lago Vista, Bee Caves, Sunset Valley and West Lake Hills.

“We can never have enough volunteers,” Durall says.

If you’d like to apply to be a volunteer you must be 21 years old, have an excellent moral standing and be available for four-hour shifts on call a month. Fall training runs from September 12 through October 1. The deadline to apply is September 30.

For more information email lindsey.cunningham@traviscountytx.gov or visit the Travis County website here.

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