The Union County Rape Crisis Center will offer a free training program for volunteer advocates for victims of sexual violence. The program begins on Tuesday, October 3 and concludes on Thursday, November 16. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Rape Crisis Center offices in the Colleen Fraser Building, located in the Union County complex 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 H. Bergen. “These volunteers serve Union County residents during a physical and emotional crisis in their lives and the Freeholder Board is proud to support their service on behalf of victims who need support in the aftermath of a traumatic experience.”
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 also attend all training sessions.
For more information about volunteering, and to schedule an interview, call the Union County Rape Crisis Center at 908-233-7273. Additional details are available online at the Rape Crisis Center blog, unioncountyrapecrisiscenter.blogspot.com.
The Rape Crisis Center is part of the Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Planning. It has been serving Union County residents since 1984.
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