Volunteers sought to help victims of domestic violence

Community Works is seeking volunteers to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and those in crisis.

Dunn House, the Rogue Valley's shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, needs volunteers to work as advocates within the shelter and play with the children. Dunn House Outreach, which provides support and advocacy through partnerships in the community to victims of domestic violence, needs volunteers to work in the courthouse aiding victims.

HelpLine, Jackson County's only 24-hour crisis and information hot line staffed by trained volunteers to provide information, resources and emotional support for callers, also needs volunteers.

Sexual Assault Victim Services, which provides a 24-hour hot line staffed by trained volunteer advocates, needs volunteers to provide crisis counseling, information and referral, support and follow-up for sexual assault survivors, their family members and significant others.

Volunteers who want to work with Victim Services must have 40 hours of training and will be subject to a criminal background check.

The next training begins with the following classes and presentations: Jan. 29, 7 to 9:30 p.m., "Tough Guise," presentation by Jackson Katz, an internationally-recognized educator on gender violence; Jan. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sexual violence and advocacy skills; Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., domestic violence and active listening.

To register, call Renae DeSautel, SAVS/HelpLine volunteer coordinator, at 779-2393, ext. 212, or Teddi Wade, Dunn House volunteer coordinator, at 608-7005, ext. 1001.

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