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DVSN serves victims of domestic violence in a way that respects victim's dignity and choices while promoting safety.

DVSN offers unconditional support and caring to families living with domestic violence. We listen to callers' stories in a safe and secure environment; assess the level of risk of things such as escalating violence or control; identify options for action: develop safety planning tools with callers; and refer callers to the wide array of other confidential sources of support in our community.

DVSN trains community volunteers to become advocates who offer empowering knowledge and gentle compassion.

DVSN's services are provided by staff and highly-trained volunteer advocates. To be a DVSN volunteer advocate, you must:

               complete an application;
 
               participate in a personal interview;
               submit names and contact information for three references;
 
               consent to a criminal background check;
 
               undergo 30 hours of classroom training;
 
               participate in 13-16 hours of supervised shift work; and attend two in-services for every six months of participation as an advocate.

All volunteers are asked to make a minimum service commitment of two shifts per month for one year. In becoming a DVSN advocate, you become an integral and vital cornerstone in the success of DVSN and its ability to provide quaility, caring services in central Middlesex.

DVSN participates in community initiatives that address domestic violence.

DVSN staff and volunteers are actively involved in initiatives such as: community roundtables, comprised of people from the business community, social service, mental health, and medical providers, clergy, police, probation, attorneys, schools, advocates, legislators, philanthropists, and concerned citizens who offer educational programming and develop out-reach projects to address domestic violence; specialized police department units and personnel devoted to eradicating domestic violence; outreach and education programs in the schools, faith and medical communities.





 
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