Education and Information
Education is one of the main keys to breaking the cycles of abuse and violence. Avalon offers customized presentations and workshops on domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We are happy to speak to varieties of groups, from civic organizations, religious groups, educational organizations, and more.
We are also happy to present information about Avalon’s programs and services to groups. This allows the community to gain a better understanding of the different options people have, and they can become supporters and advocates for others in their lives.
Awareness is another important key to fighting interpersonal violence. By making people more aware of these issues, they become easier to talk about. This helps lessen the feelings of shame and guilt that some survivors have, and can make it easier for those in need to reach out for help, support, and services.
During awareness months, Avalon will set up informational displays in the Williamsburg-James City County Libraries to help spread information. Staff and volunteers also attend community events and conventions to provide the public with information and someone able to answer questions.
Hospitals can be a scary place, and many survivors feel shame and guilt for the violence in their lives, and resulting injuries. Avalon has a team of trained staff and volunteers on call 24-hours a day to go to local hospitals to provide advocacy and accompaniment for survivors in need of medical attention. Hospital accompaniment advocates are there solely to support the survivor, helping walk the survivor through the process, and to make sure their needs are meant and desires respected.
If you are interested in becoming a hospital accompaniment advocate, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Charvalla at (757) 903-2374. If you would like to request hospital accompaniment, please call our Helpline at (757) 258-5051. This services is available 24-hours a day