Volunteers provide many valuable services to survivors of sexual violence.
All staff and volunteers that provide direct services to people on behalf of S.A.F.E. are legally mandated to receive a 40-hour training that has been approved by the
Examples of non-direct services are
Those providing non-direct services are not required to take our 40-hour training. To find out more about providing non-direct services for S.A.F.E. contact Teresa at (618)283-1414.
S.A.F.E. usually offers the 40-hour Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault training once a year. This training is offered to anyone who wants to volunteer at SAFE.
People taking the training should expect to attend the training in all three of S.A.F.E.'s offices. Those offices are in
Successfully completing the 40- hour training is the first step to volunteering with SAFE.
Sometimes it is determined that a person may have successfully completed our training but is not ready to volunteer. A volunteer that has been assessed to be unable to volunteer may be able to help in other ways. That assessment is not necessarily a permanent condition (even though it may be). Since a large percentage of women have been sexually abused they may have their own emotional issues that have not been resolved completely. This may cause a volunteer to be re-traumatized by talking to others with similar situations. It also may cause a survivor to strongly believe they know what is best for a victim.
Our services are victim oriented and we are not here to make decisions for victims. We have to be confident that someone reaching to us for help is getting victim-oriented help.
If it is determined a trainee is not ready to provide direct services that in no way reflects negatively on the trainee. Being willing to help by volunteering is a heroic aspiration. Those taking the steps they need to (by taking the training) are to be commended.
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