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The Rachel Coalition Seeks Volunteers for its Prestigious Court Advocate Program

Florham Park—The Rachel Coalition, a partnership of nine Northern New Jersey organizations working together to provide services and support programs for victims of domestic violence in Essex and Morris County, is seeking volunteers for its highly respected Court Advocate Program. This 40-hour hands-on training program educates participants to assist domestic violence victims with emotional and administrative support as they await their restraining order hearing in Essex Family Court in Newark, NJ. Training sessions begin October 13 and will be held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. The last training session will be on December 9th. No formal legal experience or education is required for this volunteer position. Volunteers will have an opportunity to observe Family Court proceedings. Volunteers who have already taken a 40-hour domestic violence training class can qualify for an abbreviated training. For further information on the Court Advocate Program and to schedule an interview, please contact Suzanne Groisser, Esq., Rachel Coalition Coordinator of Legal Services at [email protected].

Each year, the Essex Family Court Domestic Violence Unit in Newark, NJ, presides over more than 6,000 cases of domestic violence. Since 2006, the Rachel Coalition has placed trained Court Advocate volunteers in Essex County Family Court waiting rooms to explain the restraining order process to victims, assist with the initial application, provide information about community services such as legal, counseling and shelters, as well as offer unconditional emotional support.

“The Family Court of Essex County has embraced Rachel Coalition’s legal court advocates and we are actively soliciting new participants to enroll in our next session and join our elite core of volunteers. If you are seeking a volunteer position with a difference, have an interest in the legal system and want to learn more about ways to assist victims of domestic violence, then this is your invitation. I look forward to working with each new class and the energy, enthusiasm and commitment that they bring to the program,” noted Rachel Coalition’s Coordinator of Legal Services, Suzanne Groisser, Esq.

For general information on the Rachel Coalition, contact Sylvia Heller, MPH, Coordinator of Community Programming at Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, at (973) 765-9050, extension 1708.

Rachel Coalition is a division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, NJ, a comprehensive social service agency addressing the needs of all members of the family. The Coalition is a partnership of nine northern New Jersey organizations, whose mission is to provide services and support to help improve the lives of victims of domestic violence. Rachel Coalition has taken a leadership role in developing a continuum of services to help break the cycle of family violence which impacts the community. The Coalition’s programs and services include individual and group counseling, a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline, access to an emergency Safe House, information and referral services, community outreach and education; access to legal and medical support are available to all, on a non-sectarian basis. www.jfsmetrowest.org.

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