Recently, a volunteer shared,

“Too many people stay quiet on the sidelines about domestic violence.  They don’t want to get involved.  But one thing I think of is this, “What if my daughter needed help?”  I wouldn’t want someone who knew what was going on to stay quiet.  That could be the difference between life and death. We all need someone in our corner.  I want to be that someone for others, so I volunteer.”  

(Read the rest of her testimony.)

Even if you have no interest in volunteering, attend this training and learn how to identify and properly respond to signs of domestic violence as a neighbor or a volunteer. Having more people aware of domestic violence broadens the network of support for victims and increases their chance to get help they may need to be safe. 

Session dates: Mondays and Wednesdays January 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27

Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with two 15 minute breaks and an hour lunch break.

Location: Luther College, Decorah, IA (Actual location on campus TBA.  Registrants will receive an email with location.)

Who should attend and why?

Counselors, social workers, teachers, clergy, nurses, law enforcement, judges, lawyers, child care providers, community members, dental professionals, and college students will benefit from the information presented during the training. The material covered will be valuable to anyone, even if you are not planning on becoming a volunteer. Topics include the history of violence against women, domestic violence dynamics and laws, children exposed to violence, child sexual abuse, and teen dating violence.

You must attend each session to receive a certificate of completion or to be certified to volunteer with the Resource Center.  Once trained you can be a certified direct service volunteer and take on one or any of the following roles:

Volunteer Victim Advocate:

  • Answer the 24-hour Crisis Line at night during the week or on the weekends.   The Crisis Line is routed to your home or cell phone.
  • Transport individuals or families to a safe place, a court appointment, or fulfill other transportation needs.
  • Respond to a crisis situation at a hospital or police department to comfort a victim and/or their children who have been abused. | Immediate need for this type of volunteer

Safe Home Volunteer:

  • Open your home as a temporary place for individuals or families who no longer feel safe in their own homes to stay. | Immediate need for this type of volunteer

Family Support Volunteer:

  • Help with childcare at parenting classes and support groups.

To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Teresa Dehning, Volunteer Program Coordinator/Trainer, tdehning@helpingservices.org or 1-800-383-2988.

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