The training will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Oct. 5-23. The Victim Advocate program welcomes all applicants and is especially in need of male and bilingual applicants. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Sept. 30.
Working as a Victim Advocate offers the opportunity to touch the lives of others by providing a valuable source of support and information for people in the community who have had their worlds altered by traumatic events.
Volunteers do not need to have previous experience; a free 40-hour training course will cover such topics as crisis intervention, listening skills, victimization, grief and loss, and domestic violence. The wide variety of topics covered during the training will provide the volunteers with the skills they need to not only be successful advocates but the skills can also be used in everyday life and work settings.
Volunteers typically cover one shift a month which can be during days, nights or on weekends. Volunteers are required to make a one-year commitment to serve as advocates.