Question: How old do I have to be to volunteer with ATVP?
Ask An Advocate: While hotline volunteers have to be 18 years old at the time of their first shift, ATVP does have several opportunities for younger people to collaborate with us.
Currently, Heydon is in charge of a program specifically aimed at getting Moscow youth (13-18yrs.) involved in the work of creating a social change to end power-based violence. If that sounds like a worthwhile pursuit for you (and your college/job transcripts), please e-mail email@example.com for more info.
Question: What can I do if I'm too scared to tell someone about what I've been through?
Ask An Advocate: Talking about your experiences can be difficult. However, the issues that we work with thrive on silence and showing them to the light of day takes some of the power away from those hurts.
To that end there are several options:
*You can always call our hotline (208)883-4357 or (509)332-4357. We do accept anonymous calls, so you don't have to share your name or age with the hotline advocate, unless you want to.
We are mandated reporters, so there are a few limits on our confidentiality: 1) imminent danger to self or others (homicidal or suicidal intent with plans on how to carry it out), 2) On-going child or vulnerable adult abuse. If you get close to our confidential bounds, our advocates will usually let you know. Again, you can always call anonymously and/or speak in hypotheticals. At the end of the day, we're here to help everyone have safer and happier relationships.
*If you'd rather text someone, you can try the Crisis Text Line, just text START to 741-741. Many of their users are teens, in fact. Like ATVP, the Crisis Text Line is a mandated reporter agency.
* There's also Teen Life Line 602-248-8336 (TEEN)
* For LGBTerrific Youth, there's the Trevor Project 866-488-7386
*Trans Specific resources are available at Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860