A Domestic Violence Response Initiative
An Outreach Program of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office of
What is “Sanctuary”?
Sanctuary is an intensive, interactive 120-hour training program designed to equip community residents to provide crisis intervention and outreach services to domestic violence related assault, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, property crime victims, as well as survivors of domestic violence-related homicide victims. The course is presented in two formats: basic and advanced. Upon completion of the basic course (80 hours) and the advanced course (40 hours) volunteers who are members of local churches, mosques, synagogues, municipal police departments and their response teams, social service and emergency agencies, fraternal organizations, and other allied organizations located in greater Essex County will be able to provide immediate, culturally sensitive outreach to domestic violence victims-survivors and their families within a 24- 72 hour period.
Course Topics Include:
BASIC COURSE: the nature of catastrophe, assisting underserved victim populations (part I), crisis intervention and crisis counseling, the spiritual dimension of trauma, cultural aspects of criminal victimization, crime victim/legal advocacy, effective communication skills and supportive services, safety planning and threat assessment (part I), ethics and professionalism, value clarification, the effects of trauma on an individual’s developmental stages, the intersection of substance abuse, mental health, and victimization, trauma assessment, local area resources and networks, and the criminal and family court processes. ADVANCED COURSE: emerging trends in crime victim advocacy, trauma informed care, trauma bonding, captivity theory, and the science of attraction, the politics of power in intimate relationships, ritualistic abuse, primary aggressor, the topology of battering behavior, social aggression and the bystander effect, the use of technology as a means to stalk and terrorize, intimate partner violence-related workplace violence, working with the media, assisting underserved victim populations (part II), safety planning and threat assessment (part II) and vicarious trauma, spirituality and self-care.
|For More Information: The basic course (80 hours) will begin on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. The advanced course (40 hours) will begin on Monday, October 24, 2022. Each class will meet virtually once per week on Tuesday and Monday evenings (respectively) from 6:00pm-9:00pm. You must complete the basic course or have completed no less than 40 hours of domestic violence training to attend the advanced course. Both Courses Are Offered Free of Charge Application packets are available online at www.njecpo.org (click on the “news” tab after September 19, 2022). Please return the application packet with all necessary signatures and notary to EssexVW@njecpo.org by October 10, 2022. For more information, please call 973.621.4689 during normal business hours|