Volunteer Domestic Violence Victim Advocate


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


PO Box 42Lebanon, PA 17042


NEXT TRAINING CLASS - SPRING 2017!!! APPLY NOW! dvipec@dviolc.org

In-Class Sessions: April 29; May 6 & 20, 2017, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Please note that half the training is completed online!

Responsibilities of Volunteer DV Victim Advocate:

1. Provide crisis intervention and counseling via the agency hotline.

2. Provide assistance in emergency shelter.

3. Provide accompaniment to victims regarding service appointments, etc.

4. Assist Legal Advocate in court with Protection from Abuse Orders.

5. Assist Children's Advocate with child victims and witnesses, and provide accompaniment to victims of domestic violence.

6. Facilitate with a co-leader (whenever possible) support groups for victims of domestic violence. Follow the prescribed peer group curriculum.

7. Meet regularly with Volunteer Coordinator to provide updated information regarding hotline work, cross-over procedures, challenges to be addressed, and other issues relevant to the direct service needs of participants.

8. Attend planning sessions.

9. Make phone calls to participants to solicit their participation.

10. Keep the Volunteer Coordinator informed of any situations which might require special attention.

11. Keep statistical data and records of volunteer time and participants as required.

Volunteer Qualifications:

- Willingness to volunteer time to work with victims of domestic violence.

- Demonstrate knowledge of domestic violence and a strong commitment to ending violence against women.

- Demonstrate commitment to feminist philosophy and the ability to use the empowerment counseling model.

- Demonstrate ability to apply DVI mission in practice.

- Demonstrate effective crisis intervention and counseling skills, and the ability to facilitate groups.

- Demonstrate ability to act as an advocate on behalf of clients with a working knowledge of the legal and social service systems (if appropriate).

- Demonstrate ability to develop professional, caring relationships with program participants and function as part of a team with co-volunteers and agency staff.

- Demonstrate ability to work well with people of various ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds.

- Demonstrate ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.

- Must complete the training program of DVI.

- Willingness to work and travel alone.

- Willingness to work when assigned to weekend and holiday shifts.

- Pass clearances as prescribed by law.

Training Requirements:

- 40-hour victim advocate training (part online, part in person)

- 5-hour shelter practicum (shadowing program)

- 3-hour online Mandated Child Abuse Reporting training

**All trainings are provided for free by DVI**


  • Spanish
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Community Outreach
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible (24 hours a day)
  • One year of continuous service

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