Domestic Violence Specialist Training

Course Scheduled for October 2007 
Contact: Doris Fleming- Volunteer Coordinator (661) 322-0931 ext. 121

Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault is offering a 10-week Domestic Violence (DV) Specialist Training course to individuals interested in volunteering to assist victims of domestic violence.  The crisis training is a requirement for all staff and crisis volunteers. It is also open to interested members of the public and individuals who work with victims of domestic violence.  Seating is limited and reservations are required. 

Trainings will be held Tuesday and Thursday from 6-10 p.m. at the Alliance Outreach Office, 1921 19th Street. The class will be held Feb. 5 - March 6, 2008. The registration deadline is Feb. 1. This training valued at $800 - $1,500 at other DV centers, is offered free by teh Alliance, with only a $30.00 materials fee. To register, contact Doris Fleming, Alliance Volunteer Coordinator at (661) 322-0931.

According to Fleming, "Many Alliance services, such as the 24-hour Crisis Telephoen Hotline, are available around the clock. Volunteers are critical to the Alliance - without them, we could not continue to offere the same level of critical programs and services. Alliance services are necessary, the agency served over 6,000 community members last year".

Volunteers are a necessary and welcome part of the Alliance program and utilized in many areas:

Hotline Volunteers answer the phone through an answering service, 5 p.m. – 8 a.m. one night per week. Ideally, the agency has two volunteers “on call” each night, one primary and a backup.   The Alliance is in need of Spanish-speaking volunteers to handle Hotline calls.

Domestic Abuse Response Team Volunteers follow-up at the home of recently reported cases of domestic violence calls made to the Kern County Sheriff's and Bakersfield Police Department.  Volunteers ride with a Law Enforcement Officer.   The purpose is to provide support and options for the victim and children. They also make follow-up phone calls when an in-person visit is not possible.

Victim Advocate Volunteers provide support and link victims with services. They help file restraining order paperwork for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and attend court proceedings to provide support for victims.  

If you have any questions, please call Doris Fleming at (661) 322-0931.