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Volunteers: Training available for volunteer court advocates to assist victims of domestic violence

Posted: July 28, 2010 7:07 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

In response to local judge Graciela Freixes’ request for trained advocates to stand with and support local victims of domestic violence in court, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley and Soroptimist International in cooperation with the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, have scheduled a special training for volunteers to meet this need.

A special training for volunteers has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the City of Santa Clarita Activities Center, located at 20880 Center Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the training session will be held 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The advocacy training organization is giving a special price of $75 per person for the four-hour training course.

“When victims of domestic violence go to court, they are often scared and intimidated,” said Tracy West, executive director for the Domestic Violence Center. “Having a trained advocate to provide that moral support makes a world of difference.”

The committee’s expectation is individuals who take the training will sign up to be  court advocate volunteers. The training is open to all community members.

For those who do not wish to take the training but want to sponsor someone to receive it, there is also an “Adopt an Advocate” program where  members of the community can donate any sum they would like to help pay for the training of Domestic Violence Center staff to become Domestic Violence Court Advocates. 

On average, the Domestic Violence Center needs $250 per staff member to cover the cost of training.

Checks can be mailed to: P.O. Box 220037, Newhall, CA 91322- Write on the check memo area: “DVCAP Training.”  To sign up for this program, e-mail: or call Tracy West at (661) 259-8175, ext. 12.


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