UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Rape Crisis Center (RCC) will offer a free training program for people interested in becoming Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. starting Aug. 15 and until Sept. 28. The classes will be offered at the RCC office in Westfield in the Colleen Fraser county services building at 300 North Ave. East.

“Volunteer advocates help guide victims through legal and medical systems while providing emotional support, respecting the strict confidentiality of each case”, said Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen in a statement. “CSVA volunteers serve Union County residents during a physical and emotional crisis and we are grateful for their dedication to helping victims through a traumatic experience.”

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Volunteers must be county residents and at least 18-years-old. They must hold a valid driver’s license and have their own vehicle too. Each potential volunteer must come to the Rape Crisis Center for an informal interview before they begin training. Volunteers must attend all training sessions.

For more information about volunteering or to schedule an interview, call the Union County Rape Crisis Center at 908-233-7273. Additional information can be found at the center's blog. The Rape Crisis Center is part of the Union County Department of Human Services’ Division of Planning.