Volunteer Training & 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 with domestic violence survivors have special training.

LifeWire offers a 20-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy & Volunteer Training twice per year, in the fall and spring.

Basic training covers:

  • 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.

Partner agencies and professionals may also attend our training! If you are interested in attending our Domestic Violence Advocacy Training as a professional partner, you are not required to interview or attend the orientation, but we still ask that you submit an Application and Background Check.

For more information about upcoming trainings, contact our Resources Manager, Natalie Hills, at natalien@lifewire.org.