Want to enhance your resume with new, invaluable skills and get hands-on experience? Learn effective ways to directly handle crises/urgent circumstances and to calmly diffuse difficult situations. You shall realize the ability to quickly make sound, rational decisions and take your current interpersonal skills to an all new advanced level. The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men & Women (DAHMW) provides regular, periodic training and continuing education to its volunteers on a wide variety of issues throughout each year, which naturally results in a well-rounded resume. Sound too good to be true? Well, check it out for yourself! Read on to learn how to become a part of our dynamic and caring non-profit agency...
DAHMW was founded in October 2000 initially to assist the overlooked and under-served victim of intimate partner violence, yet has since developed to offer support to ALL victims in need. Our virtual, non-profit organization provides a 24/7 Crisis & Information Helpline operated 100% by supportive, empathetic volunteers.
Our Helpline Advocates (HAs) are located around the country and work from the comfort of their own homes. During their elected/assigned shift, Helpline calls are automatically forwarded to the HA's personal phone to furnish each caller with individual crisis support and/or intervention, education, safety planning, and referrals to local resources with shelters, legal aid and individual or group counseling. All new volunteers start in the role of Helpline Advocate, however, may choose to apply for other volunteer positions after 6-12 months of service, or at the discretion of our Coordinators, as we prefer to promote from within. Before selecting a shift, each new volunteer must first successfully complete our comprehensive, on-line DAHMW-Certified Training Program in Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support. Our Training Program incorporates such topics as:
--> Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence against men and women
--> Domestic abuse within heterosexual and LGBT relationships
--> Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence
--> Effects of family violence on children
--> Relevant legal and social issues
--> Threat assessment and stalking
--> Safety planning and referring to appropriate local resources
--> Working with victims and our Crisis Helpline
--> Detailed overviews of 12 different types of domestic abuse
--> Practice (mock) calls before working first shift on Helpline
--> Follow-up support and on-going education
To begin a rewarding new chapter in your life and to receive our Volunteer Application Packet, please write to Elizabeth at Applications@Dahmw.org.
Thank you for taking the time to read about DAHMW, our vital cause and the opportunity to become a valued volunteer.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 25
- Orientation or Training
- 4-8 hrs/wk + 1-2 hr/mo staff mtg by teleconference
- 1 yr commitment to volunteer