MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Middlesex County Public Health Department Rape Crisis Intervention Center is looking for county residents who are 18 years of age and older to volunteer as confidential sexual violence advocates.
“No one should have to feel alone in a time of emotional crisis,” said Freeholder Carol Barrett Bellante, chairperson of the county’s Public Health and Education Committee. “Volunteers are vital to our center and an important part of our commitment to comfort and advise victims of sexual violence. I urge those who have an interest in helping others, to contact the Rape Crisis Intervention Center and volunteer today.”
Advocates are needed to provide support to survivors of sexual violence via a 24-hour hotline and during medical and legal accompaniments. Volunteers will undergo a mandatory 50-hour training period from March 2 to April 13.
During the 50-hour program, individuals will be trained in the dynamics of violence recovery, crisis intervention and advocacy. Responsibilities include offering support, information and referrals for victims of sexual violence, family members and members of the community.
Those interested in volunteering can contact the Rape Crisis Intervention Center at 1-732-321-1189 x321 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. weekdays.
David A. Papi, director-health officer of the Middlesex County Public Health Department, said, “The Rape Crisis Intervention Center of Middlesex County is a public service functioning under the auspices of the Middlesex County Public Health Department which has been providing services for county residents for over 30 years. A confidential sexual violence advocate can be reached by calling our free, 24-hour hotline at 1-877-665-RAPE (7272).”
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