It takes courage to reach out for help when leaving a domestic violence relationship or when experiencing a sexual assault. When a victim or survivor contacts Safe Space, they speak directly with a trained advocate who is knowledgeable, caring, and ready to provide information on safety planning, shelter, support groups, and community resources. The advocate on the other line is often paid staff, but can also be trained and dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers have many reasons for wanting to be a Volunteer Advocate. They may have been a victim, was related to or close to a victim, are wanting to further their career goals by gaining experience as an advocate, or want to find a meaningful way to give back to their community. Safe Space provides Volunteer Advocacy Training twice a year. The Spring Session runs in May and June and the Fall Session runs in October and November. Each session is 6 weeks long, (one evening weekday for 2 hours and 2 Saturdays) and is filled with lots of valuable information and skill-building techniques to be the best advocate they can be. Such topics include: Myths and Facts of Domestic and Sexual Violence Community Resources and Referrals Identifying and Communicating During Crisis Safety Planning And much more!