Become a DV Counselor

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. 

For more info on our Training Session, email Shailaja Dixit, SAVE’s Community Engagement Manager, at

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities Graph

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

To Apply

If you wish to volunteer after the training, please submit the 40-HR Volunteer Application Form (download in PDF or Word). Should your application be selected, you will be contacted for a zoom/phone interview to go over the next steps. Submitting an application does not guarantee enrollment.

Fee: $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 Shaila Dixit, SAVE’s Community Engagement Manager, at

Community Member Trainee:

If you wish to take the training without volunteering with SAVE, please submit the Training Registration Form. Applicants are received on a first-come, first-served 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 also note that SAVE accepts applications only from individuals who commit to 100 hours of volunteering.

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

Fee: $350 (Payment plans available)