NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will again offer a domestic violence training program this fall. Called “Sanctuary,’’ the program is a 100-hour training program designed to equip community residents to provide crisis intervention and outreach services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking and family members of domestic violence homicides.

The course is presented in two formats: basic and advanced. Upon completion of the basic course (70 hours) and the advanced course (30 hours) volunteers who are members of local churches, mosques, synagogues, municipal police departments and their response teams, social service and emergency agencies, fraternal organizations, and other allied organizations located in greater Essex County will be able to provide immediate, culturally sensitive outreach to domestic violence victims-survivors and their families within a 24-72 hour period.

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The basic course (70 hours) will begin on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Each session will meet for three
hours (3) hours, from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The advanced course (30 hours) will begin in the spring, 2018 on a date yet to be determined. You must complete the basic course or have completed no less than 40 hours of domestic violence training to attend the advanced course.

Both Courses Are Offered Free of Charge

Application packets are available online at (click on the “What’s New” tab or “Victim-
Witness Services” tab and click on “Program Announcements”). Please return the application packet with
all necessary signatures and notarized to by October 12, 2017. For more information, please call 973.621.4689 during normal business hours.