BATTERER'S INTERVENTION PROGRAM
This program is for batterers/persons who are
abusive to their partners. The program includes
a mental health screening, abuse inventory and
weekly group sessions.
* All referrals must be screened prior to admission into the program.
* The client must have been or be presently involved in some form of domestic
* The client must sign a release of information to allow communication between the
program and the referred agency and the victim.
* The client must attend every session of the program.
COST OF THE PROGRAM
The fee for the initial assessment is from $50.00 to $100.00 and is bases on
income. Proof of income must be provided to determine the initial fee.
The fee for each group therapy session is $20.00. All payments are due at
time of each session and only cash or money orders will be accepted.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND TO MAKE THE
APPOINTMENT FOR THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT CALL:
S.P.A.R.C. OUTREACH OFFICE
8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.
Following is a listing and brief description of programs available to volunteers, Some
programs require a commitment for an extended period of time (i.e. 6 months) and
attendance at specific times during the week. Job descriptions will be available for
detailed information on specific duties and requirements.
If you have questions or suggestions for other volunteer programs, please contact Donna
Barr at 377-0439 (home) or 338-9551 (work) or leave a note on the Volunteer's Bulletin
COURT ADVOCACY PROGRAM
Volunteers are needed to work with victims seeking protection injunction orders
(restraining orders) at the Courthouse in downtown Gainesville. This program is held two
days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. It is not necessary for
volunteers to be available for both sessions or on a weekly basis; however a regular
schedule should be developed with a commitment for an extended period of time (i.e. 6
Volunteers will be trained in issues relating to protective injunctions. Volunteers will
inform clients about the court process, assist in filling out forms and assist the clients in
understanding the court's decision.
STATE ATTORNEY PROGRAM
Volunteers are needed to be SPARC representatives on a team which advises abuse
victims of the process of prosecution and available options. Other team members will
include attorneys and a victim's advocate for the State Attorney's Office. This program is
held on Wednesdays, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM. Volunteers need not be available every week,
however a regular schedule should be developed with a 6 month commitment.
Training will be provided on the program procedure and volunteer's responsibilities to the
Volunteer shelter assistants are needed at the shelter on a daily basis from 10:00 AM to
1:00 PM. Volunteers will work at the front desk and respond to client's requests for
supplies, answer routine questions, perform simple clerical tasks and provide hotline
counseling. Volunteers need not be available every day/week, however a tentative
schedule should be developed.
Training will be provided in hotline counseling as well as shelter procedures.
BATTERED'S INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Volunteers are needed to be victim advocates for clients with partners involved in
treatment programs (Batterers Intervention). The victim advocate will make phone
contact with clients, on a regular basis, to answer questions and assist the client during her
partners treatment program. The advocate will also maintain client's records. Hours are
flexible and volunteers will work out ofSPARC's administrative office.
Training will be provided to-the victim advocate at SPARC's administrative office after
initial training is completed. Training will include information on the Batterer's
Intervention program and the role of a victim advocate.
Volunteers are needed to do follow-up with former clients and victims of domestic
violence who have been involved with law enforcement agencies. Contact will be done by
telephone. Volunteer will also update client records. Hours are flexible.
Training will be provided at the shelter after initial training is competed.
Volunteers are needed to address large and small groups on domestic violence. These
groups will include civic organizations, clubs, schools, college dormitories/sororities, etc.
Training will include a pre-written speech and practice time with the staff before giving
An integral part of our program at the shelter is involvement with children. Volunteers are
needed to develop and canyout individual and small group activities with children.
Activities include games, reading books, homework helpers, crafts, bike riding and
discussion groups. The children's program is divided into three (3) age groups:
preschool, school age, and teenagers.
Volunteers are expected to be responsible for the activities and need to be fairly self
directed and able to organize and implement activities with little or no supervision.
Volunteers are especially needed in the evening, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, to help keep
children occupied while mothers attend group sessions.
Preschool Children Volunteers are needed during the daytime hours.
Middle School Children Volunteers are needed to create a "middle school room." A
room needs to be cleaned out, decorated and stocked with supplies appropriate for
children of this age group. Volunteers are also needed to develop and implement projects.
Teen Room Volunteers are needed to create a "teen room." A room needs to be cleaned
out, decorated and stocked with supplies appropriate for teenagers. Volunteers are
needed to implement craft, computer and discussion programs for teens.
NOTE: All children's programs may fluctuate depending on the age group of children in
SUPPORT GROUP CHILD CARE
Child care volunteers are needed while mothers attend support group. Support groups are
Monday, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM and Thursdays. 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
Lunch is served daily at the shelter. Volunteers are needed to assist SPARC staff in
planning, preparing, serving and clean-up for this meal.
Volunteers having limited skills in the kitchen can be trained you need not be a gourmet
chef to volunteer
Volunteers are needed once a month to sort and organize donations. The shelter has a
"Donation Room" where clothing and other articles are stored. Volunteers will sort for
wear ability, size, etc. and generally keep the Donation Room in good order.
There are several administrative opportunities available. Volunteers are needed both at
the shelter and at the SPARC administrative office. Volunteers may sign-up for one or
more of the following: The shelter has a computer which uses the WordPerfect 5.0 word
processing package. The administrative office also has a computer which has a graphics
package as well as WordPerfect.
General Office Work Volunteers are needed to type correspondence, prepare thank-you
cards, prepare notices, file, etc. at the shelter. Volunteers are also needed at the
administrative office to answer telephones, type correspondence, file, copy and prepare
mailings. Volunteers should have a basic understanding of word processing and general
office procedures. Volunteers need to be fairly self-directed and able to organize and
carry out these activities with little or no supervision.
Newsletter Volunteers are needed to gather information, develop and prepare, copy and
distribute newsletters (via mail and shelter mailboxes). SPARC publishes two newsletters
-- one for volunteers and one for public distribution. The volunteer newsletter is used to
keep volunteers informed of programs, activities, special events, etc. The SPARC
newsletter is to inform the general public of issues, concerns, and facts pertinent to
domestic violence. The newsletters will be composed on the computer, which may include
graphics. Training will be given on newsletter format, however volunteers should be
familiar with computers and word processing.
Brochures/Flyers Brochures and flyers (including graphics) are needed throughout the
year. Volunteers will work with SPARC staff to offer ideas, as well as develop and
prepare these items on the computer. Computer skills are necessary.
Statistician Volunteers are needed to compile monthly statistics regarding client services.
Volunteers will be trained by shelter staff. Volunteers need to be fairly self-directed and
able to organize and carry out activities with little or no supervision.
Library Assistant Volunteers are needed to update and keep orderly the SPARC libraries;
both at the shelter and the SPARC administrative office. In addition, volunteers are will
be asked to develop a bibliography of all books and articles currently in the library.
Training will be provided by the staff, however volunteers need to be fairly self directed
and able to organize and carry out the activity with little or no supervision.
Historian/Archivist Volunteers are needed to put together a history of domestic violence
legislation, events, newspaper articles, etc. both at the shelter and the SPARC
administrative office. On a more localized level, a history of SPARC is also needed.
Overall direction will be provided by the staff however volunteers need to be fairly self
directed and able to organize and carry out the activity with little or no supervision.
SPARC VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SHEET
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (home)
Why are you volunteering for SPARC?
How did you learn about SPARC'S volunteer program?
Have you had any personal experiences with someone who is being abused or
had been abused?
How do you feel that you can contribute to SPARC and the women we serve?
What do you hope to gain from your volunteer experience?
Please give the days and times you would prefer to volunteer.
Do you have any other questions regarding SPARC?
Do you have any comments about SPARC?