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Union County Seeks Volunteer Advocates for Victims of Sexual Violence

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that a free springtime training course is available for persons interested in becoming Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates (CSVAs) for victims of sexual violence.

The training course qualifies volunteers to answer calls and offer in-person support through the Rape Crisis Center (RCC), a long-running program of the Union County Department of Human Services. The RCC has provided reliable, confidential guidance to victims of sexual violence since 1984.

“Sexual violence impacts not only the victim, but also those surrounding them. Our volunteer Advocates help restore a sense of community and self-worth to Union County residents facing a life crisis. The Freeholder Board is extremely proud of these volunteers, who provide a valuable service to individuals in need,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “If you are looking for a worthwhile volunteer activity, I urge you to contact the Rape Crisis Center about the upcoming training program.”

The next training course will begin on Tuesday evening, April 4th, and continue for 16 sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., until May 25th. The course provides volunteers with training in crisis counseling and medical/legal accompaniment in a supportive, empathetic environment.

The training will take place at the RCC office in Westfield located within the Colleen Fraser county services building, 300 North Avenue East.

Volunteers must be Union County residents at least 18 years of age. They must hold a valid driver’s license and have their own vehicle. Prior to training, each volunteer will come to the RCC office for an informal interview.

To find out more about volunteering and to schedule an interview, please call the RCC at 908-233-7273.  For more information about the RCC, including personal stories by volunteers, visit the RCC blog at