Union County, NJ– The Union County Rape Crisis Center will offer a free training program for volunteer advocates to assist victims of sexual violence beginning April 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Training will be held at the Rape Crisis Center office in the Colleen Fraser Building, located at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.
“Volunteers at the Rape Crisis Center provide knowledgeable, judgment-free support for victims who face a life crisis. All too often, victims of sexual violence feel they cannot turn to family or friends for help. So our volunteers fill a truly urgent need in the community,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.
All volunteers are trained, mentored, and supported by professional staff at the Rape Crisis Center. Upon completion of the training program, volunteers are certified as Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates.
Volunteers must be Union County residents at least 18 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license and have their own vehicle. Prior to training, each volunteer must come to the Rape Crisis Center for an informal interview. Volunteers must attend all training sessions.
The Rape Crisis Center is part of the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Individual and Family Support Services, and has been serving Union County residents since 1984.
For further information about volunteering, and to schedule an interview, call the Union County Rape Crisis Center at 908-233-7273. In addition, information may be obtained from the Rape Crisis Center’s blog, unioncountyrapecrisiscenter.blogspot.com.
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