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COUNTYWIDE FOCUS : COUNTYWIDE : Volunteers Sought to Aid Crime Victims

The Ventura County district attorney’s office is seeking volunteers to serve as advocates for crime victims.

The volunteers, who will be part of the district attorney’s victim services division, will be trained in assessing victims’ emotional, physical and financial needs immediately following a crime. The volunteers will also explain how the criminal justice system works and try to make the courts more responsive to the needs of victims.

The division is recruiting for a training program scheduled to begin Jan. 18. Volunteers will receive extensive training in victim needs, counseling skills, victim compensation and the justice system. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed to assist crime victims who speak Spanish.

Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of eight hours a week for at least six months. For more information, call 654-3622.

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