What is it like to work in a battered mens'/womens' shelter?

As a volunteer. What do you know about it that you can tell me? Thanks. Working with Children and the battered parents...after a 40 hour workshop over the course of a month.

Asked By: fslcaptain737 - 4/23/2008
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I haven't worked as a volunteer in a 'shelter', but as a paid employee for a number of years... More
Answered By: thing55001 - 4/23/2008
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Working in a shelter for women and children as a volunteer is very rewarding. Yet don't expect all roses and positive feedback. It can be dangerous and you don't want to get too close to those you are there to help. They do have trust issues - so just let them know you care and are there to help and give support... More
Answered By: brother1216 - 4/23/2008
This would depend on what capacity you would be volunteering. If you are their on an internship you would be working directly with the clients and facilitating groups, doing one on one counseling or working on goal setting, planning and intervention. If there are children at the shelter you may be doing simple games... More
Answered By: Deirdre O - 4/23/2008
Erin Pizzey, the founder of women's shelters has written a number of books about her actual experiences and you would find these invaluable. They are eye openers. (Incidentally, she has now just launched a campaign for the expansion of men's shelters.)
Answered By: celtish - 4/24/2008
It's really easy in the shelter I work in. I just supervise to make sure everything is going okay, people are following the shelter rules, and counsel WHEN NEEDED... More
Answered By: EternalConfusion - 4/24/2008
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