Volunteer Training

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 at least once a year.

Basic training covers:

  • The history of domestic violence.
  • Theory and implementation of empowerment-based advocacy.
  • 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.
  • LifeWire’s policies and procedures.

Partner training

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 a background check.

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