Become a DV Counselor

IMGP0542Our next 40-hour Domestic Violence Counselor training session will begin in January 2016!

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. To receive notice about when registration will be available for our winter course, please email Ashley at

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 two 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.

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 Communities
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • 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 2015 Training Registration Form. 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. You will be notified by email if you are accepted into the training.

Price: $350

SAVE Volunteer:

If  you wish to volunteer post-training, please submit both the 2015 Direct Services Volunteer Application and the 2015 Training Registration Form. All potential volunteers will be interviewed by phone and later 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 your application to the Empowerment Center. Email Ashley at  if you have questions regarding the training.