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Giving Back: Learn How to Help Victims of Sexual Violence


WESTFIELD, NJ -- Every year since 1984, trained volunteers with the Union County Rape Crisis Center have helped victims of sexual violence through the emotional, medical and legal aftermath of trauma. New volunteers are welcome to join the next series of training classes beginning on Thursday, March 22.

No previous experience in crisis counseling is necessary.

“Over the years our Rape Crisis Center volunteers have been a source of strength, compassion and informed guidance for hundreds of Union County residents who need a helping hand – and a warm heart -- at a critical point in their lives,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “If you are looking for a meaningful way to give back to the community and make a real difference, I encourage you to contact RCC and find out about the next training series.”

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The Rape Crisis Center training series beginning on March 22 will be held twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All classes will be held at the Union County complex in Westfield, at 300 North Avenue East. The series will continue through April and conclude on Thursday, May 10th. 

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 must come to the Rape Crisis Center for an informal interview. Volunteers must attend all training sessions.

To schedule an interview for the March 22 training series, or to find out more about volunteering, call the Rape Crisis Center at 908-233-7273.

Additional information is available at, the Rape Crisis Center blog. It includes first-person accounts of the volunteer experience, and details about outreach and educational activities.

The Rape Crisis Center is part of the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Planning, and has been serving Union County residents since 1984.

For all Union County programs and services visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email or use the online Contact Form.

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