FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2009

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, 908-527-4742
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419

 

UNION COUNTY POLICE JOIN WITH YWCA TO OFFER
TRAINING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCATES
TRAINING WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER IN WESTFIELD

 

The Union County Police Department, in conjunction with YWCA of Eastern Union County, is seeking volunteers to join a specially-trained team of advocates to assist victims of domestic violence. The volunteer advocates provide support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters on an on-call basis.

“Finding residents to fill volunteer roles in the community is always challenging,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “That is why we are appreciative of the YWCA of Eastern Union County for joining with the County Police to fill these important positions.”

All volunteers must undergo a 40 hour mandatory training course which will be provided free of charge. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have access to transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, and submit to a background check and fingerprinting.  YWCA-EUC will be conducting the training beginning in September. Classes are being held twice per week in the evenings in Westfield.  Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The Union County Police Department and YWCA-EUC are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is a plus.

To request a DVRT application, please contact Divya Dodhia, 908-355-1500 ext. 18 or ddodhia@ywcaeuc.org.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can stop by at any Union County Police Department and ask to speak to a domestic violence victim advocate. In an emergency, dial 911.

For over thirty-years, YWCA, a non-profit organization, has been dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, protection, support, prevention, education and advocacy for residents of Union County who are affected by domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can call the YWCA-EUC Confidential Domestic Violence Hotline at 908-355-4357, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.