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Essex County to Host Virtual Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

Essex County

By: Yuritza Arroyo

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office offers a free training program to help victims of domestic violence find the resources they need to become healthy and safe.

According to officials, called “Sanctuary,” the program will teach students how to provide crisis intervention and outreach services to victims of domestic violence.

He will explain to participants how to help victims of sexual assault, child abuse and harassment, as well as witnesses of domestic homicides.

The program, organized by the Victims and Witnesses Advocacy Office, is divided into two courses: basic and advanced.

Officials say both courses will be offered virtually.

The advanced course will start on Monday October 31st and the basic course on Tuesday November 1st, in the same time slot. Students must complete the basic course before taking the advanced course.

Both courses are free.

The basic course will cover topics such as the nature of disaster, assisting underserved victims, and crisis response counseling.

It will also address the spiritual dimension of trauma, the cultural aspects of criminal victimization, as well as safety planning and threat assessment.

Topics covered in the advanced course include advocacy for victims of crime, trauma-informed care, and the politics of power in intimate relationships.

Upon completion of both courses, residents who are members of churches, mosques, synagogues, social service agencies, fraternal organizations, and allied organizations in Essex County will be trained to provide immediate outreach and culturally sensitive to victims of domestic violence and their families.