Become a DV Counselor

IMGP0542Our next 40-hour Domestic Violence Counselor training session will begin in the summer of 2016! We are no longer accepting applications for the winter course.

Three times a year, SAVE offers a 40 hour Domestic Violence Counselor Training. The training meets state guidelines, and completion of the training certifies you in the state of California as a Domestic Violence Counselor.  Trainees must attend all sessions to receive their certification. 

This training is great! I have learned so much about domestic violence. Coming from a ‘why doesn’t she leave’ mentality, I now consider all the different factors that affect a victim’s decision-making.

Why take the training?

  • To work with those affected by domestic violence as a SAVE direct service volunteer.
  • To volunteer with another domestic violence organization within California.
  • To enhance your ability to work with survivors in your current or future professional capacity.

Training sessions take place over the course of six weeks with one additional training session for those who wish to become SAVE direct client services volunteers. Sessions are held in Union City, California.

Please note that make-ups will not be available for any missed sessions. Attendance at all sessions is required for certification.

What can I do once I’ve taken the training?

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Training Topics:

This comprehensive training covers:

Overview of Domestic Violence

  • The History of the Domestic Violence Movement
  • Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • Rape and Sexual Assault
  • Why Victims Stay
  • Truths and Societal Attitudes
  • Domestic Violence in the Media

The Advocate’s Role

  • The Counselor/Advocate Role
  • Self-Care
  • Safety Planning
  • Hotline Role plays
  • Unlearning Prejudice

Examining the Diverse Needs of Domestic Violence Victims

  • Elder Abuse
  • Domestic Violence in South Asian & Latin@ Communities
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Domestic Violence in LGBTQQIA Communities
  • Effects on Children

Legal Options

  • Restraining Orders
  • Civil and Family Law Issues
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Immigration and VAWA
  • Victims of Crime

To Apply


If you wish to take the training without volunteering with SAVE, please submit the Training Registration Form 2015. Applicants are received on a first-come, first-serve basis with preference given to partner agency employees. A limited number of spaces are reserved for non-volunteer trainees. Submitting an application does not guarantee  enrollment. You will be notified by email if you are accepted into the training.

Please do not submit payment until you receive confirmation that you have been accepted into the course.

Price: $350

SAVE Volunteer:

If  you wish to volunteer post-training, please submit both the Direct Service Volunteer Application 2015 and the Training Registration Form 2015. Select potential volunteers will be interviewed in person and will later be notified if they are accepted into the training. Submitting an application does not guarantee  enrollment.

Price: $75 (with a commitment of 100 hours of volunteer service over a period of 6 months or longer)

Scholarship (SAVE volunteers only): Please include an explanation of need and goals post-training. Only one applicant per training session will be selected. If selected, your fee will be reduced to $50 with a 100 hour commitment over a period of 6 months or longer.

Please submit all components of your application to Direct Services Volunteer Coordinator Ashley via:


fax: 510-574-2252

or submit a paper copy to the Empowerment Center (1900 Mowry Ave, Suite 201, Fremont, CA 94538).

Please email if you have questions regarding the training or would like to be added to our mailing list to receive a message about our next class.