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Safe Passage in DeKalb seeks volunteers for several programs

DeKALB – Safe Passage is offering community members the opportunity to learn how to better advocate and serve those who have been affected by domestic violence and abuse and join their team of volunteers.

Safe Passage, the domestic violence shelter and survivor advocacy organization located in DeKalb, will hold the crisis intervention volunteer training Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, beginning Jan. 28. The schedule can be viewed at www.safepassagedv.org.

Cost for the training includes a $16 background check fee and a $100 training fee, according to the application. Upon completion of the 65-hour training (each candidate must complete all required hours to be eligible for volunteering) and a six-month commitment, participants will be reimbursed $75.

There are open volunteer position in several Safe Passage programs, including children’s program volunteer, hotline volunteer, legal program volunteer, medical on-call advocate and partner abuse intervention program volunteer. The agency is also hiring interns, according to a news release.

This year, there will be three opportunities to participate in a 65-hour training session, taking place in January, June and September.

Participants will learn about the history of domestic violence and the feminist movement, anti-racism, oppression, privilege and cultural competency. They’re learn how to better identify the cycle of abuse many experience, and the medical and legal in’s and out’s of helping those affected by violence. Training will also touch on the effects of domestic violence on children, crisis intervention for all ages, teen dating violence and perpetrators of violence.

Those who complete the training will receive a Certificate of Completion, valid at all Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence agencies. The certificate allows volunteers and interns to begin their program at Safe Passage.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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