, Newburyport, MA

February 26, 2013

Geiger Center to offer training for volunteers

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center will begin its volunteer training. The purpose of this training is to take volunteers from wondering why a victim simply does not leave an abusive situation to understanding all the obstacles and challenges to safely leaving an abusive relationship. Volunteers will have a deeper insight into the dynamics of domestic violence and its effects on the victim and will be given the tools and resources with which to work with the clients, as well as develop skills to help assist victims of domestic violence.

The volunteer training classes will begin Tuesday, March 5, for a total of 25 hours of training over the following six weeks, including three evenings and two Saturday sessions. Upon completion of the volunteer training, volunteers will have the opportunity to assist in a variety of programs and services, including the 24-hour hotline, court advocacy program, rapid response program and children’s advocacy program.

The center also has many other opportunities that do not require training, such as special events, outreach projects and administrative work. Interested volunteers will be part of a program that provides vital services addressing the critical needs of the victims of domestic violence and their families in our area.

For more information about volunteer training, contact Laura Sampson at 978- 465-0999, ext.19 or email