YWCA Call to Action:
New Volunteer Corps to End Domestic Violence
The YWCA is recruiting volunteers for Enough!, citizen volunteers supporting YWCA efforts to serve victims and end violence. “This is a call to action. We are committed to providing this vital work in new and innovative ways, and we see a great need for more community engagement to prevent domestic violence and related problems,” says Marigail Mullin, YWCA CEO.
YWCA Enough! volunteers will answer phones, observe court proceedings, educate the community on the dynamics of domestic violence, and help victims create individualized safety plans, understand their rights, navigate the legal system and apply for orders of protection, and access community resources.
Volunteer recruitment has begun and the second class of interested volunteers should fill out a volunteer application before October 19th to be considered. Volunteers will be expected to pass a mandatory screening, attend trainings, and volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per month.
One in four women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. Such an unsettling statistics proves that domestic violence continues to affect us all. The YWCA Victim Advocacy Program works to end cycles of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking by providing advocacy, safety planning, and support groups to victims. The YWCA Victim Advocacy Program is the only program with advocates in both civil and criminal courts; with outreach that serves victims who are isolated due to language and cultural barriers, lack of transportation, disability, and social stigma; and with advocates and support-group facilitators who speak both English and Spanish. In 2010, the Knoxville Police Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to more than 1 domestic violence call every 30 minutes, a total of 19,043 calls.
Please return completed applications by email, fax, or in person to:
Chelsea Caraco, Volunteer Coordinator
420 W. Clinch Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Training Information: All volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer training. Potential volunteers will be notified of the training times after submitting an application.
Training Evenings Scheduled: November 12th, November 19th and November 26th (time TBA)
Time Commitment: The YWCA asks that volunteers commit to at least one year of service after training and give a minimum of 12 hours per month.