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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy Training

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Health Imperatives, Inc.

942 West Chestnut Street

Brockton, MA 02301

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Health Imperatives’ Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy training will prepare volunteers, interns, and staff to assist survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as their families and support systems. The training covers the psychosocial, emotional, medical, and legal aspects of sexual assault and other related issues. This course is intended to prepare trainees to provide services such as crisis intervention, counseling, accompaniment, and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. It is a prerequisite for anyone interested in providing direct service to clients under the Violence Intervention and Prevention programs. This training adheres to the requirements of MGL Ch233 §20J and meets the MA state requirement for all domestic violence and sexual assault advocates and allows those working with survivors of violence to maintain “privileged communication,” confidential communication between clients and providers.

Training will be provided free of charge for all staff, volunteers and interns. For individuals who do not plan on volunteering or working for Health Imperatives after the training, the cost is $250 (payable by check or card.) Our training is offered about three times a year, typically in April, July and October.

At Health Imperatives, we value and recognize the importance of the healing process. Because of this, we ask that individuals interested in getting involved with our training or volunteer opportunities have had at least 1 year since their last involvement with domestic or sexual violence or services.

IMPORTANT: To be accepted into this training, you must complete the following steps by Friday, March 15th:

1. Submit a Volunteer Application (or Participant Info form if not volunteering)

2. Submit a CORI/SORI background check

3. Schedule and attend an interview

Because of the nature of this work, we ask that volunteers are able to make a 1-year commitment to our program following the training.

You must attend each day in full to receive a certificate of completion at the end. The training will run from March 25th to April 3rd, during the following times:

  • Monday, March 25th from 3:30 - 7:30
  • Tuesday, March 26th from 3:30 - 7:30
  • Wednesday March 27th from 3:30 - 7:30
  • Thursday March 28th from 3:30 - 7:30
  • Saturday March 30th from 9:30 - 4:30
  • Monday April 1st from 3:30 - 7:30
  • Tuesday April 2nd from 3:30 - 7:30
  • Wednesday April 3rd from 3:30 - 7:30

Topics Covered

  • Welcome to Health Imperatives
  • Intro to Domestic Violence
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Intro to Sexual Assault
  • Safety Planning with survivors
  • Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault
  • Working with LGBTQIA+ Survivors
  • Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse
  • Intro Medical Advocacy & Medical Advocacy Skills
  • Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Care
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Working with Immigrants and Refugees
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Campus Sexual Assault
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Privacy Rights and Confidentiality
  • Self-Care for Advocates

Volunteer Roles:

The following is a brief overview of the roles volunteers may fill in the VIP programs at Health Imperatives:

  • Medical Advocacy: Volunteers will have the opportunity to provide emotional support, information regarding legal and medical options, and referrals to survivors requesting support in of the several hospitals we respond to in Plymouth County.
  • T.E.A.M. Work Peer Mentor: Serve as a peer mentor to survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, and support the survivor's goals around housing, education, employment, financial literacy, and health & wellness.
  • Childcare: Volunteers will provide trauma-informed childcare to children at Penelope’s Place shelter or at A New Day during appointments and support groups.
  • Hotline: Volunteers will provide emotional support, information, resources and referrals to individuals calling Health Imperatives’ domestic violence hotline for the duration of office shifts.
  • Court Advocacy: Volunteers may provide administrative assistance to staff at SAFEPLAN, a program located in Brockton District Court, and serve as an on-call advocate. (Additional SAFEPLAN training required.)
  • Shelter: Volunteers will provide administrative assistance to staff at our shelter, and may assist in providing non-clinical programming and activities for shelter residents.
  • Outreach and Prevention: Volunteers may be involved in co-facilitating prevention workshops, run tabling events, assisting with technical elements of outreach and prevention campaigns or events
  • As-needed: Volunteers support our yearly and monthly awareness-raising and fundraising efforts by providing essential support during events at college campuses and at local organizations.

Please contact Elissa May, Survivor Services Advocate, with any questions!

Emay@healthimperatives.org or Volunteer@healthimperatives.org

508-583-3005 ext. 1005

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