UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Rape Crisis Center (RCC) will offer a free training program for individuals interested in becoming Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates. Starting August 15 and continuing through September 28, classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the RCC office, located on the second Floor Conference Room of the Colleen Fraser Building at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

“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. “Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate 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.”

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

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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 Rape Crisis Center’s blog.

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