Become a volunteer

Get started

  • Complete and return written volunteer application, Click here.
  • Complete the online volunteer application, click here
  • Meet with volunteer coordinator for an in-person interview.
  • Obtain state certification by successfully completing state-mandated domestic violence training

Basic requirements

  • Initial domestic violence training
  • Commitment of a minimum of three hotline shifts OR six volunteer hours worked each quarter for a minimum of one year
  • Minimum of six re-certification training hours annually, three of which must take place through Domestic Abuse Services

Personal qualifications

  • Sensitivity and acceptance of self and others
  • Common sense and clear thinking
  • Dependability and time – able to commit to regular time assisting in one of the volunteer opportunities listed below
  • Commitment to confidentiality
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to handle emergency situations
  • Ability to keep an open mind

Volunteer opportunities

  • Court support – advocacy and support throughout the court process, including restraining order applications
  • Community outreach – attend health fairs, post flyers, distribute promotional materials, help with mailings and phone calls
  • Be a buddy – play with children at the Center while their mothers are in counseling
  • Be a voice – on our hotline to answer questions, provide information and support
  • Work in the office – administrative duties, project work, etc.
  • Participate in events and training.

Get state-certified

For more information, contact Leslie Coplin at email or call 203-869-6501, ext. 173