Volunteer Education & Training: Providing Support for Domestic Violence Victims
Sadly, one in three women will experience domestic violence, and therefore support for those women is critical. On January 31, the Volunteer Education & Training and Crisis Intervention committees partnered together to introduce NYJL volunteers to an organization which provides this support.
Laura Fernandez, the Clinical Director at Sanctuary for Families, spoke to volunteers about the complex cycle of domestic violence, which is not always easily identified. Through her work with Sanctuary for Families, Laura provides leadership, management, and strategic direction for all of Sanctuary’s clinical services citywide including a team of over 40 clinicians, case managers, and support personnel. Through these clinical services, Sanctuary for Families supports victims and their families by providing a safe and caring environment.
Both Sanctuary for Families and the NYJL’s Crisis Intervention committee share a common goal: protecting victims and their families by ensuring their safety as well as providing a support network. The Crisis Intervention committee works with the Domestic & Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE) Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital to offer emotional support and information to and advocate for survivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, and sexual assault. Crisis Intervention co-chair Raven Carter spoke openly about the training NYJL volunteers receive, her work with DOVE, and the realities of supporting victims. Often, she says, “the most impactful support that can be offered is simply a volunteer’s presence.”