Become a DV Advocate with 40-Hour Training

Stay tuned for dates and times of our upcoming Winter Session

IMGP0542SAVE’s 40 Hour Domestic Violence Counselor Training meets state guidelines. Completion of the training certifies you in the state of California as a Domestic Violence Counselor.  

Please note that trainees must attend all sessions to receive their certification. 

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

Applying is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Submit a completed application for your preferred type of enrollment, outlined below.
  2. If selected, participate in an interview with our Community Engagement and Education Manager. (This is as much a chance for us to get to know you as it is for you to ask questions about what to expect!)
  3. If selected, mark your calendar, submit payment, and get ready to learn!

There are two types of enrollment for SAVE’s 40-Hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training:

Volunteering Participants

  • Enroll in the training at a discounted rate ($75)
  • Commit to 100 hours of service with SAVE over the course of at least 6 months, to be started within the first month of completing training
  • Partial scholarships may be available
  • Application does not guarantee enrollment

Apply to become a Volunteering Participant!

Community Member Participants

  • Enroll in the training at the standard rate ($350)
  • Welcome and encouraged to volunteer with SAVE, but are under no obligation to do so
  • Preference is given to members of partner agencies
  • Limited number of spaces each session
  • Payment plans are available
  • Application does not guarantee enrollment

Apply to become a Community Member Participant!

Training Topics:

This comprehensive training covers:

Overview of Domestic Violence

  • The History of the Domestic Violence Movement
  • Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • 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
  • Trauma Informed Care

Examining the Diverse Needs of Domestic Violence Victims

  • Survivors with disabilities
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Domestic Violence in LGBTQIA+ Communities
  • Effects on Children

Legal Options

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

Direct applications and inquiries to Emily Anderson at

We look forward to hearing from you soon!