Safety Zone Officials Conduct Advocacy Training Workshop

By Susan Mann

Safety Zone staff trainer Cynthia Farmer answers a question for a training participant.

Staff and several new domestic violence advocacy trainees spent Sunday, January 28, at the St. John Safety Zone offices learning about the role of advocacy services and the V.I. laws which address the needs of victims and their families.

Long time St. Thomas domestic violence service leader and advocate Cynthia Farmer conducted the day-long training workshop.


Don Turner, with the St. Croix -based Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council talked about service needs and delivery.

Farmer, who will be leaving the Virgin Islands in February to accept a position on the mainland,  gave it her all as the six participants peppered her with questions about her advocacy experiences to gain a thorough understanding of how they can assist victims and families on St. John.

A domestic violence advocate is responsible for providing appropriate emotional support, linking victims with medical and other community services, and keeping accurate records as required by V.I. law. 

The Safety Zone is now advertising several paid positions for individuals who are both qualified and interested in joining the non-profit organization’s advocacy team.

The Phoenix House, the  agency’s re-sale shop which is currently located at the Safety Zone offices while the a brand new location near St. Ursula’s church is  being refurbished, recently welcomed three new volunteer staff members on board.

Donated items by individuals and local businesses are greatly appreciated, and are a significant contribution to the agency’s success. To find out more about services and programs, or to apply for a volunteer or paid position, call 340-693-7233.