LifeWire Volunteer Training and Education

Training is Critical and Mandatory

To keep survivors of domestic violence safe, Washington State law (Chapter 388-61A WAC) requires people involved in direct service to domestic violence survivors have special training.

LifeWire offers a 20-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy & Volunteer Training twice per year in the fall and spring. Each training covers the below topics in detail.

LifeWire DV Training Flyer Fall_2018

The law requires:

“Initial and continuing education training of domestic violence agency staff is critically important. Advocates and advocate supervisors must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature and scope of domestic violence as defined by this chapter, as well as the historical and societal attitudes in which domestic violence is rooted. Training must be current and relevant to the provision of empowerment-based advocacy. In furtherance of these goals, domestic violence agency staff must meet the following minimum training requirements.”

Initial training for staff providing supportive services and staff supervisors requires a minimum of 20 hours of initial basic training that covers the following topics and skills:

  • Theory and implementation of empowerment-based advocacy.
  • The history of domestic violence.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Legal, medical, social service and systems advocacy.
  • Confidentiality and ethics.
  • Safety planning skills and barriers to safety.
  • Planning, clarifying issues and options, and crisis intervention.
  • Providing services and advocacy to individuals from
    marginalized populations.
  • Policies and procedures of the domestic violence agency.

For more information about upcoming trainings, contact our Resource Coordinator, Natalie Nguyen, at