ELIZABETH, NJ - Beginning August 15, the Union County Rape Crisis Center (RCC) will offer a free training course for persons interested in becoming Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates (CSVAs) for victims of sexual violence.

Classes, which run through September 28, will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the RCC office in Westfield located within the Colleen Fraser county services building at 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 must come to the RCC for an informal interview. Volunteers must also attend all training sessions.

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“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 H. Bergen. “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.”

For further information about volunteering, and to schedule an interview, call the Union County Rape Crisis Center at 908-233-7273.  Information may also be obtained by visiting unioncountyrapecrisiscenter.blogspot.com.