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The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Proudly Welcomes WNBA Legend Lisa Leslie to Rhode Island to Celebrate Its 35th Anniversary

Statewide Victims of Crime Helpline Seeking Volunteers

Receive qualification certificate to assist victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and hate crimes


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2013

CONTACT: Wendy Allmendinger at Day One, Phone: (401) 421-4100, ext. 146

Rhode Island – The Victims of Crime Helpline is seeking volunteers to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes. Volunteers will work with victims at hospitals and police stations throughout the state to offer support, information, referrals, and safety planning.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have a car and complete a 30-hour training program.  The next training session begins January 31, 2013. To sign up, or for more information, contact Wendy Allmendinger at Day One, (401) 421-4100 ext. 146 or wallmendinger@dayoneri.org / www.dayoneri.org/helplineadvocate.

In particular, there is a current need for volunteers who are bilingual and able to work with diverse populations.  The deadline to apply is January 25, 2013.

The Victims of Crime Helpline is a partnership between Day One and the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, on behalf of the six domestic violence agencies of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

About Day One:

Day One's mission is to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence, and to support and advocate for those affected by it.  Day One's vision is to create a community that is free of sexual abuse and violence through leadership and action that is responsive to the needs of the community.

About Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center:

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center (BVAC) has been providing services to victims of domestic violence in the Blackstone Valley area for more than two decades.  It is their voices, their struggles and their experiences, which guide the agency's work. BVAC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education and awareness on the issue of domestic violence.

About RICADV:

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. We were formed in 1979 to support and assist the six domestic violence prevention agencies in Rhode Island. The organization also provides leadership to its six member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and raises awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island.

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