Want to enhance your resume with new, invaluable skills and get hands-on experience? Learn effective ways to directly handle crises & urgent circumstances; to calmly diffuse difficult situations. Realize the capacity to make sound, rational decisions in a quick manner, while taking 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 subjects 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 here to learn more about our non-profit organization and how to become a part of our dynamic, empathetic, and dedicated team...
DAHMW was founded in October 2000 initially to assist the overlooked and under-served male victim of intimate partner violence, yet has since developed to offer support to ALL victims in need. Our virtual agency provides a 24/7 Crisis & Information Helpline that is operated solely by supportive, caring Volunteer Helpline Advocates.
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 in order to furnish each caller with individual crisis support and/or intervention, education, safety planning, and referrals to local resources of 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 oppportunities at DAHMW after 6-12 months of service, or at the discretion of our Coordinators (we prefer to promote from within). Before selecting a shift, each new volunteer must first complete our comprehensive, on-line DAHMW-Certified Training Program in Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support. Our Training Program incorporates topics of:
- Detailed overviews and definitions of many different types of domestic abuse
- Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) against men and women
- Domestic violence within heterosexual and LGBT relationships
- Domestic abuse of children, the elderly and disabled persons
- Effects of family violence on children
- Stalking behavior, threat assessment and teen dating violence
- Safety planning and referring to appropriate local resources
- Working with victims on our 24/7 Crisis & Information Helpline
- Boundaries, communication, empowerment and discrimination
- Relevant legal and social issues
- Participation in mock (practice/pretend) calls before working first shift on Helpline
- Follow-up support and on-going continuing 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 on our amazing team!
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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