MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Middlesex County Office of Public Health Rape Crisis Intervention Center is looking for Middlesex County residents who are 18 years of age and older to volunteer as Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates.
Carol Barrett Bellante, chairperson of the county’s Public Health and Education Committee said, “Volunteers are vital to our center and an important part of our commitment to comfort and advise victims of sexual violence.”
Advocates are needed to provide support to survivors of sexual violence via our 24-hour hotline and during medical and legal accompaniments. Volunteers will undergo a mandatory 50-hour training period which will begin on Sept. 7 and continue through Nov. 5.
During the 50-hour program individuals will be trained in the dynamics of violence recovery, crisis intervention, and advocacy. Responsibilities will include offering support, information, and referrals for victims of sexual violence, family members, and members of the community.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Rape Crisis Intervention Center at 1-732-321-1189 x321 during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. for more information or to schedule an interview.
Katherine Antonitis, acting director-health officer of the Middlesex County Office of Public Health stated, “The Rape Crisis Intervention Center of Middlesex County is a public service functioning under the auspices of the Middlesex County Office of Public Health 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 (7273)”.
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