Volunteers sought for domestic violence victims

Volunteers sought for domestic violence victims

The Rachel Coalition, the domestic violence division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, needs volunteers for its court advocate program. The 40-hour hands-on training program teaches participants how to provide domestic violence victims with emotional and administrative support as they await their restraining order hearings in Essex Family Court in Newark.

Training sessions begin on Wednesday, October 26; they run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers need not have formal legal experience or education. They will have an opportunity to observe family court proceedings. Volunteers who already have taken a 40-hour domestic violence training class can qualify for an abbreviated training.

For more information and to schedule an interview, email Sherri Goldman at sgoldman@jfsmetrowest.org.

Every year, the Essex Family Court domestic violence unit in Newark hears more than 6,000 cases of domestic violence. Since 2006, the Rachel Coalition has placed trained Court advocate volunteers in the Essex County Family court waiting room to explain the restraining order process to victims, assist with the initial application, provide information about community services such as legal, counseling and shelters, and to offer unconditional emotional support.

The Rachel Coalition, a division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, provides services to help victims of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and people living in high conflict relationships. JFS is a comprehensive social service agency that provides mental health counseling and support services on a non-discriminatory basis. With a presence in the community since 1861, JFS today delivers an expanding number of programs to increasing numbers of people. It provides individual, couple, child and family counseling, play therapy, support groups, school and synagogue based social work services, and other assistance needed to support healthy families. JFS also offers a wide range of services for older adults and their families, including case management services, counseling, caregiver education, friendly visitors, and specialized programs for Holocaust survivors. For information, call (973) 765-9050 or go to www.jfsmetrowest.org.

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