Volunteer Corps to End Domestic Violence
One in four women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. In 2012, the Knoxville Police Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to 18,796 domestic violence-related calls. That’s one call every 28 minutes! Such unsettling statistics prove 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.
The Enough! Volunteer Corps is made up of citizen volunteers supporting YWCA efforts to serve victims and end violence and these volunteers play an important role in making sure the Victim Advocacy Program continues., “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.
If you are interested in joing the Enough! Volunteer Corps, please return completed applications by email, fax, or in person to:
Caitlin Torney, Program 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 & interviews.
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.