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Volunteers needed to make difference for victims of domestic violence
LIFT3, Office of Family Violence Prevention offer volunteer advocate training
November 27, 2012
An estimated 5.3 million cases of domestic violence occur annually among U.S. women 18 and older, resulting in nearly 2 million injuries.
"Many of these women are in dire need of support as they seek safety and navigate the complicated legal system. With the help of volunteers, we can make a difference locally," said Carolyn Wold from the Solano County Office of Family Violence Prevention.
The Office of Family Violence Prevention is working with LIFT3 Support Group, a local nonprofit victim advocacy and domestic violence shelter agency, to recruit and train volunteers and interns who are committed to promoting victim safety by taking part in the upcoming LIFT3 volunteer advocate training.
Volunteers will work with the LIFT3 Support Group to provide victims with crisis intervention services, assistance with obtaining domestic violence restraining orders, providing court accompaniment, and linking victims to outside support services.
The mission of LIFT3 Support Group is to empower the members of the community who are survivors of domestic violence through awareness, education and training.
The volunteers will receive 40 hours of victim advocacy training from LIFT3 Support Group and the Office of Family Violence Prevention.
Volunteers will be required to pass a background check and commit to volunteering a minimum of four hours per week to assist victims of family violence. Bilingual Spanish-speaking applicants are encouraged to apply.
For more information, or to apply, call (707) 398-6865.