Women's shelter to offer advocacy training starting Monday

Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2009

JUNEAU - Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies invites anyone interested to its Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Education and Advocacy Training, which will start Monday.

The training is arranged during the evenings and weekends and has three components.

The first eight hours of training, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday is a significant basic training in domestic violence, sexual assault and advocacy. Every concerned citizen can gain crucial understanding of the foundations of the issues that affect our community in these presentations.

From April 20 to 30, Part 1 of the training is open to the public and lasts about 25 hours: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 20, 23 and 27; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 26; and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 30.

From May 2 to 4, Part 2 is training for volunteers and staff and requires a pre-training interview. The training is 16 hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 2 and 3; and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 4.

"Many of our sister agencies find the next step of topics invaluable as we look more deeply into the causes of domestic violence and sexual assault," said volunteer coordinator Swarupa Toth. "Things get really amazing at this level. The presentations of stories and statistics from these experienced speakers will turn your world right-side-up."

For those who would like to wade in deeper or wish to volunteer at AWARE or become a staff member or a member of our Board of Directors, the entire 40 hours is a required start.

This training will give participants a working understanding of many of the legal issues, safety planning and AWARE's emergency procedures. For the last segment of the training, an interview will be conducted before participation.

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