San Antonio Police Department
FAMILY ASSISTANCE CRISIS TEAM (F.A.C.T)

Family Assistance Crisis Team (F.A.C.T.)

The Family Assistance Crisis Team (F.A.C.T.), established in December 1991, is a collaborative, community project responding to victims of family violence. In 1995, F.A.C.T. became part of the Victims Advocacy Office of the San Antonio Police Department. Since its beginning, more than 1800 F.A.C.T. volunteers have been trained to offer crisis intervention services to victims and their families.

Volunteer Assignments

If you want to be part of the community response to ending domestic violence, the F.A.C.T. program offers a variety of ways and times to get involved. Trained F.A.C.T. Volunteers have a choice of daytime or nighttime assignments.

DAYTIME : Daytime opportunities are available at the Family Justice Center. Volunteers can choose to serve at the Family Justice Center Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm. Job duties include greeting clients and assisting with initial paperwork, helping clients get to the correct offices, making follow-up calls, assisting with Crime Victims Compensation applications, and other tasks that arise. Volunteers are asked to work at least eight hours a month at the Center. This can be one full day of volunteering or two half days.

NIGHTIME : Volunteers are available in substations to provide crisis intervention services for clients coming in or calling for assistance. There are volunteers at each substation who ride once a month with an officer on the officer's regular 10:00pm-6:00am shift. The volunteer works with the officer to provide resources and information to victims of domestic violence. Staff invites volunteers who complete their first 6 months with reliable attendance and who meet the criteria, to attend extra training to prepare for this opportunity.

All volunteers are asked to make at least a six month commitment; volunteers are welcome to continue with F.A.C.T. for as long as they choose.

How to Volunteer for F.A.C.T.

To volunteer with the F.A.C.T. Program, you must be at least 21 years of age, have no criminal record, and be able to work the given hours. Qualified applicants must also complete the 17-hour F.A.C.T. Training Program and attend the Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Orientation.

F.A.C.T. Training Program

Training for qualified applicants consists of three sessions: two all-day Saturday classes, and one 3-hour evening class. (A team of multi-disciplinary professionals from the community provide the training.)

FIRST DAY : The morning's training is on the dynamics of partner abuse, while the afternoon is given to learning or enhancing active listening skills.

SECOND DAY : Representatives from various community organizations present information on their agency and how they can help victims of domestic violence. some of the agencies represented are the Family Justice Center, the Battered Women's Shelter, the Rape Crisis Center for children and adults, and SAPD Crisis Response Teams (CRT). The basic expectations and logistics of volunteering with F.A.C.T. are explained.

THIRD DAY : The final evening is devoted to developing skills through practice.

NOTE: Volunteers must attend all three sessions to complete their training.
All persons interested in applying for F.A.C.T. are encouraged to submit a

F.A.C.T. Application
You may also obtain an application for F.A.C.T., by contacting F.A.C.T. at 210.207.2305, or you may download an application. When the completed form is received, someone from the F.A.C.T. office will contact you with further information.

F.A.C.T. TRAINING AND SCHEDULES
DATE TIME PLACE
January - February
Saturday, January 21, 2017 9:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Saturday, January 28, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Orientation: Saturday, February 18, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
May - June
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Orientation: Saturday, June 3, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
July - August
Saturday, July 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Saturday, July 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Orientation: Saturday, August 19, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
September - October
Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Saturday, October 7, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. SAPD HQ
Orientation: Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SAPD HQ

Training will be held at SAPD Headquarters (call for specific location information at the number below). ALL three sessions MUST be attended.

To learn more about the Family Assistance Crisis Team (F.A.C.T.) or to volunteer, please call 210.207.2305