Volunteer Training

DV Advocacy Training

Survivors of domestic violence face unique barriers and challenges to living safer and healthier lives. Our 20-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy and Volunteer Training provides volunteers and partner agencies with the specialized training needed to begin the important work of serving survivors. Offered at least once a year, the training is mandatory for anyone volunteering in a direct service role.

Training covers

  • History of the DV movement.
  • Understanding domestic violence
  • Domestic violence through a social justice lens, privilege and anti-oppression
  • Domestic violence and homelessness
  • Domestic violence and economic justice and systems advocacy
  • Domestic violence and children and youth
  • Domestic violence and mental health and substance use
  • Domestic violence and the legal system
  • Safety planning, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention
  • Providing services and advocacy to individuals from marginalized populations.
  • LifeWire’s policies and procedures.

Applying for training

For the health and safety of everyone, our next training will be held virtually and will run on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 6 through July 30, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on most days.

Volunteer applications:

  1. Fill out the Volunteer Application and the Washington State Patrol Request for History.
  2. Interview with Natalie, LifeWire’s Resources Manager. Interviews will take place virtually through July 2, 2020.
  3. Pay the $175 training fee. Please note: we will never turn someone away for financial hardship. Let Natalie know if the fee is a barrier for you.

Partner applications:

Partner agencies and professionals can 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. However, we still ask that you fill out and submit a Washington State Patrol Request for History. and contact LifeWires Resources Manager Natalie to reserve your spot.

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