Women's Resource Center holds volunteer training program

The Women's Resource Center in Grand Traverse County will be holding a volunteer training program from April 30 to May 3.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan organization is providing a training program for volunteers.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

And now, The Women's Resource Center in Grand Traverse County is holding a volunteer training program.

The certification training provides crucial information and important perspectives on domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as teach volunteers how to assist advocates with crisis management, survivor support and social awareness and education.

"Some of the activities that volunteers participate in are supporting our so an example is we had a woman go through training last year and she is now providing gifts and activities to children who are guests in our shelter," said Juliette Schultz, the Executive Director of the Women's Resource Center.

After completing the course, volunteers will be able to help at the emergency shelters, answer the crisis phone line and assist victims with appointments and court appearances.

The next volunteer training seminar is April 30 and runs through May 3. It will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Women's Resource Center in Grand Traverse County.

The training is free and there is no obligation to help out after participates complete it.

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