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Union County Seeking Residents to Train as Advocates for Victims of Sexual Violence

The Union County Board of County Commissioners announced that they are seeking residents who would like to apply to volunteer with the Union County Rape Crisis Center. Volunteers at the Rape Crisis Center provide guidance and support for victims of sexual violence.

“We are seeking compassionate individuals in Union County who are willing to volunteer their time and support survivors of sexual violence through the Union County Rape Crisis Center,” said Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “Our dedicated volunteers provide crucial guidance and empathy to those in need, offering vital support during a difficult time.  Together, we can make a profound difference in the lives of survivors and foster a community that stands against sexual violence.”

The spring training dates will take place from May 2, 2024 to June 25, 2024 (subject to change) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Bilingual volunteers are also welcomed and encouraged to register.

While no previous experience in counseling is required, all those interested must:

  • Be a Union County Resident
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have personal mode of transportation (own car)
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Undergo a personal interview
  • Participate in a 40+ hour, state mandated training program

Once trained, Rape Crisis Center volunteers answer calls to the Rape Crisis Center hotline as certified Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates. They also provide medical or legal guidance in person by accompanying victims at hospitals, police departments, courtrooms and other locations related to the aftermath of sexual violence.

“Empowerment begins with compassion and commitment,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Council. “In joining our cause, you become a vital force in helping survivors navigate the path to healing. Your dedication is not just a commitment, but a lifeline for those in need.”

Training sessions are held at the Rape Crisis Center offices, located in the Colleen Fraser Building at the Union County complex, 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

The Union County Rape Crisis Center is a program of the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Individual & Family Support Services and has been serving Union County residents since 1984.  All volunteers are trained, mentored and supported by professional Union County staff.

If interested and/or for more information, please contact the Union County Rape Crisis Center at (908) 233-7273 or via email by: April 22, 2024.