Category Archives: Domestic violence services

Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Volunteer Training

How you can help

There are many ways you can help stop domestic violence. One of them is to become a volunteer domestic violence advocate and work directly with victims and their children. Or you may provide important program support which allows others to do direct client service work.

Completing twenty-four hours of interactive training and shadowing will quality you as a confidential domestic violence advocate in the State of Colorado.

Your training will include the dynamics of domestic violence, program policies and procedures, client confidentiality, safety planning, and legal issues. You will shadow S.H.A.R.E., Inc. staff members as they respond to and work with victims over the telephone, in the office and at the safehouse. This will give you the experience and confidence to find your best fit within the program.

Some of the opportunities for volunteer advocates include:

  • Telephone crisis intervention on a 24-hour crisis line.
  • Confidential victim advocacy, assisting with safety planning, information and referral
  • Case management and client services for female victims and their children residing in the safehouse
  • Transporting clients
  • Facilitating educational and recreational activities for children coming from homes with domestic abuse
  • Assisting with support group
  • Providing administrative support in the office
  • Helping with special events and projects, community education and violence prevention activities

Training is free of charge.

You must be 18 years old and have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

You must attend all sessions and be available for evening and/or weekend crisis call duty or other volunteer responsibilities.

LGBTQ advocates welcome.

Bilingual skills (Spanish) are helpful.

How to apply for volunteer training.

Contact 970-867-4444 extension 26 or extension 23 for an application and information on the date of the next training.

Who we are
S.H.A.R.E., Inc. has been working in Northeast Colorado since 1981 to help victims and address the causes of domestic violence. We do that by providing crisis intervention followed by individually tailored services for victims and their children which can include a stay in the shelter, support groups, safety planning, restraining orders, court accompaniment, transitional housing, emergency assistance with things like transportation, rent, and food.

Contact 970-867-4444 ext. 26 or 23 for an application.

S.H.A.R.E, Inc. has office in Yuma

S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Domestic Violence Program has opened a local office in Yuma with an advocate available Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon; one to five p.m. at 910 S. Main Street, second floor, and by appointment by calling the 24-hour crisis line and office telephone 970-867-4444 or toll free 1-877-867-9590.

“Our goal is to provide more immediate access to services for victims in Yuma County through a local office,” said Silvia Castillo, S.H.A.R.E. advocate.

S.H.A.R.E., Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) community-based domestic violence agency providing services to battered women and their children in Morgan County and other areas of Northeast Colorado since 1981. The main office and the shelter are located in Fort Morgan. Multiple services include 24-hour crisis response, emergency shelter, individual advocacy, safety plans, court accompaniment, assistance with protective orders and filing for victim compensation. S.H.A.R.E. serves over 300 adults and children from Northeast Colorado each year. Last year S.H.A.R.E. received 153 crisis counseling calls; 108 adults were provided crisis counseling in person and 60 women and children attended support groups.

There are no nationwide statistics on rates of domestic violence in rural areas versus urban communities, though a number of regional studies have found women in small towns and isolated rural areas experience domestic violence at an equal or higher rate as their urban peers. Those in rural areas have less access to resources and endure more severe physical attacks according to a 2015 report by the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.

Privacy of information given by victims to S.H.A.R.E., Inc. advocates is protected by Colorado law. This includes information clients tell advocates about themselves and their families. It also includes information about whether or not a person is currently or has ever been a client. This is in contrast to government-based victim services such as those provided by an office of a district attorney or law enforcement agency, which are not covered under the privacy statue. Information given to a victim assistant employed by one of these agencies is not confidential and can be shared with others.

The mission of S.H.A.R.E., Inc. is to empower adults and children to live free from domestic violence. We work actively in the community to create awareness, safety and accountability. The ultimate goal of S.H.A.R.E., is the elimination of domestic violence. Toward this end, we focus on community involvement and support, personal empowerment of domestic violence victims, and the well-being and care of children who experience domestic violence.

Volunteer training begins in April

S.H.A.R.E., Inc.
Call for Volunteers

S.H.A.R.E, Inc. Morgan County Domestic Violence Program Volunteer Training will begin on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 8:30 am.

– 24 hours of interactive training/shadowing will qualify you as a confidential domestic violence advocate in the State of Colorado.
– Free of charge.
– You must be 18 years old and have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
– Must attend all sessions and be available for evening and/or weekend crisis call duty or other volunteer responsibilities.
– LGBTQ advocates welcome.
– Bilingual skills helpful.

Contact 970-867-4444 extension 26, Jody or extension 23, Jan for an application and more information.

Your training will include the dynamics of domestic violence, program policies and procedures, client confidentiality, safety planning, and legal issues. You will shadow S.H.A.R.E., Inc. staff members as they respond to and work with victims over the telephone, in the office and at the safehouse. This will give you the experience and confidence to find your best fit within the program.

Some of the opportunities for volunteer advocates include:

– Telephone crisis intervention on a 24-hour crisis line.
– Confidential victim advocacy, assisting with safety planning, information and referral
– Case management and client services for female victims and their children residing in the safehouse
– Transporting clients
– Facilitating educational and recreational activities for children coming from homes with domestic abuse
– Assisting with support group
– Providing administrative support in the office
– Helping with special events and projects, community education and violence prevention activities

Open Position: Bilingual Direct Service Advocate

This position has been filled.

DesignOPEN POSITION: Bilingual Direct Service Advocate

Part-time Position, 20 hours per week with opportunity for advancement
S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Morgan County Domestic Violence Agency
April 2017

This staff will provide advocacy and assistance for domestic violence victims and their children. Half time, hourly wage, benefits not provided. There is opportunity for advancement.
Responsible for day to day advocacy and outreach to clients at office or shelter. Must complete 18-24 hours of domestic violence advocate training through S.H.A.R.E., Inc., in order to acquire understanding of domestic violence issues, confidentiality, sensitivity to and knowledge of diverse populations and groups.
Ability to multitask and collaborate with other staff members is required. Must have transportation, insurance. Ability to read, write and speak Spanish is required for this half time position.

How to Contact Us
Please submit your resume and references by email to shareinc1981@gmail.com or fax to 970-867-0460. You may mail to P. O. Box 414, Fort Morgan, CO 80701. No phone calls please.

Job Description
This position will provide assistance for domestic violence victims and their children who seek assistance from our agency. Direct Service Advocates provide advocacy, support, information and referrals. At the present time, position is a half time position, hourly wage, benefits not provided. There is opportunity for advancement.

Responsibilities Include:

• Assist with day to day advocacy for outreach and shelter clients and their children, as directed by the Executive Director, and in coordination with other staff.
• Support and assist other staff as needed for provision of direct client services.

Preferred Qualifications:

• High level of understanding of domestic violence and confidentiality of domestic violence advocacy.
• Completion of S.H.A.R.E., Inc. 18-24 hours domestic violence advocate training or previous experience and education
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, verifiable fluency with computer programs.
• Ability to collaborate well with others
• Self motivated and autonomous
• Must be organized, detail oriented, and flexible. Able to identify and respond to shifting priorities
• Demonstrated sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations and organizations
• Ability to travel within Morgan County. Have a car, insurance, and a valid driver’s license
• Ability to read, write and speak Spanish.

New Hotline Available for Native American Survivors of Domestic and Dating Violence

A hotline is now available to specifically help Native American survivors of domestic and dating violence.

StrongHearts Native Helpline‘s initial service area is Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

“One of the problems in Indian Country is there’s a huge lack of services, and there really hasn’t been any efforts to create a database that pulls together all of the resources that are available,” said StrongHearts Assistant Director Lori Jump.

Jump said violence against women is an epidemic in Indian Country.

“Native American women are two times as likely as any other race to experience rape or sexual assault, two and a half times more likely to experience violent crime and five times more likely to be the victim of homicide,” Jump said. “So, we have an incredible need for services in our communities.”

The helpline will connect callers with confidential, culturally appropriate support services. Some of those services are meant to help sort out complicated matters of jurisdiction.

“The ability of Native governments to prosecute is pretty restricted in terms of who they can prosecute, especially when it comes to non-Native perpetrators,” Jump said.

The helpline is available at 1-844-7NATIVE Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Callers outside those hours can connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

StrongHearts is offered by The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. It receives some funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

 

Position Opening: Bilingual Direct Service Advocate

S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Bilingual (Spanish) Direct Service Advocate
Posted December 17, 2016

This position will provide assistance for domestic violence victims and their children who seek assistance from our agency. Direct Service Advocates provide advocacy, support, information and referrals. At the present time, position is a half time position, hourly wage, benefits not provided. There is opportunity for advancement.

Responsibilities Include:

• Assist with day to day advocacy for outreach and shelter clients and their children, as directed by the Executive Director.
• Support and assist other staff as needed for provision of direct client services.

Preferred Qualifications:

• High level of understanding of domestic violence and confidentiality of domestic violence advocacy.
• Completion of S.H.A.R.E., Inc. 18-24 hours domestic violence advocate training or previous experience and education
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, verifiable fluency with computer programs.
• Ability to collaborate well with others
• Self motivated and autonomous
• Must be organized, detail oriented, and flexible. Able to identify and respond to shifting priorities
• Demonstrated sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations and organizations
• Ability to travel within Morgan County. Have a car, insurance, and a valid driver’s license
• Ability to read, write and speak Spanish a requirement.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume and references by email to shareinc1981@gmail.com or fax to 970-867-0460. No phone calls please.

Message from NCADV: The work goes on – we are not changing

Message from NCADV

Every four years, we as a nation are faced with change. At NCADV, we work to ensure that no matter who sits in the Oval Office, we never change our mission. We continue to work toward a society that has no tolerance for domestic violence. We give the same energy and passion to the voices and concerns of victims and survivors and the intersecting issues, no matter who the President-elect.

As we grasp what has occurred this week, we want to let you know: we are not changing. Our work remains the same. We will continue to work on your behalf and remain steadfast in our mission.

Our President-elect will receive the same message from us, and we will hold him and others accountable to ensuring the rights of women, girls, and those impacted by domestic violence are never compromised. We will continue to work on policy and strategies that support and address the needs of those we work for and serve as their voice. If our President-elect is serious about making change, he will vigorously address these issues. We will hold him accountable on any policy and action that puts victims and survivors at further risk, including policies that allow for hate, abuse, or violence.

Always take care of yourselves. We developed a list of self care tips for you to serve as a guide. Please take care of others. Reach out to those you hold dear.

Like you, I am determined to continue to make change. We will continue to work with our sister organizations and allies. We are still strong. We still have power, and we will not be swayed by anything other than what is right.

Remember these words from Audre Lourde: “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” We will continue to speak.

What Can You Do Today?
— Encourage self-care in your life and encourage others to do the same
— Volunteer with your nearest domestic violence program or shelter or contribute to your favorite national or local non-profit that is committed to change
— Sign up for public policy action alert emails from the NCADV

Be Well,

Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV Executive Director