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We rely heavily on our volunteers

Volunteers are a critical part of the day-to-day functioning of our organization, performing a variety of tasks such as direct work with women and children, hotline advocacy, administrative work, shelter clean-ups, children's parties, maintenance projects and much more.

Volunteer Positions:

Helpline Volunteer

Responsible for responding to callers in need of crisis intervention, support, safety planning, program intakes, referrals, and community resources on the 24-Hour Domestic Violence & Family Helpline.

Class Co-Facilitation

Assist Prevention Educator’s with providing a safe, confidential space for individuals who are seeking domestic violence and parenting education with a weekly group curriculum.

Group Co-Facilitation

Assist Justice System Advocates with providing a safe, confidential space for victims of domestic violence to share their experiences in a weekly, peer-led support group.


Assist advocates in providing childcare to youth whose parent is participating in DVCAC programming; includes children 0-12, volunteer is responsible for role modeling healthy relationships and boundaries.

Administration/ Special Events

Assist with special projects and events. May include: resource tables, materials preparation and/or distribution, event day set up and/or breakdown, and other projects as needed.

Canopy Child Advocacy Center

Assist with daily operations, including answering phones, greeting children and families, service coordination, crisis management, and administrative projects.

Meals that Heal Program

Individuals and groups of volunteers are needed to donate and prepare meals to the emergency shelter residents. Meals should feed approximately 25 women and 25 children. Pre-cooked meals should be dropped off at shelter for lunch or dinner. This opportunity is available 7 days a week. For more information, click here.


Trauma Services Internship

Brief overview of the program:

Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) offers short and long term trauma therapy services (individual and group) to individuals beginning at age 4 through adulthood, who have experienced and/or witnessed domestic violence and/or child abuse. The focus of trauma therapy services is to assist survivors in reducing the impact trauma has had on their functioning through the development of healthy coping skills, increased understanding about trauma, as well as processing traumatic experiences. Therapists are skilled and trained in trauma focused therapy models:  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior therapy (TF-CBT). Services provided include individual and group therapy for both children and adults. In addition to trauma therapy services, DVCAC offers trauma case management services, which includes a wide range of services to assist and support individuals in developing their skills to gain access to needed medical, behavioral health, housing, employment, social, educational, and other services essential to meeting their basic needs.

DVCAC’s Trauma Services is funded entirely by various grants and private foundations which enables us to offer therapy and case management services free of charge to the individual. However, this also results in a lengthy waitlist for services. DVCAC employs independently licensed social workers and counselors, in addition to social workers and counselors with a training supervision designation. We provide supervision to social work and counseling students.


To be considered for field placement within DVCAC’s Trauma Services department an individual MUST:

  1. Be a 2ndyear Masters level social work or counseling student who is currently enrolled in a CACREP and/or CSWE accredited institution. We do not accept counseling students applying for practicum; we only accept counseling students completing their internship. Social Work students should only apply when they are looking for placement for the concentration portion of their field placement. We do not accept students enrolled in other programs like psychology, human services, etc.
  2. Be willing to commit to a full year (we do not offer short term placements due to the nature of the individuals we serve) and commit to least 10 to 20 hours a week.
  3. Have experience delivering individual therapy services and completing mental health assessments. Experience delivering group therapy services is preferred but not required.
  4. Have knowledge of the mental health field and trauma informed care and/or experience working with individuals with a mental health disorder in a trauma informed atmosphere.
  5. Have willingness to learn and work in an electronic health record.
  6. Be willing to work from DVCAC’s administrative offices located on Payne Ave. (or satellite sites, as needed) and will be able to complete their expected internship hours Monday-Thursday 10a-7p and Friday 10a-5p. DVCAC currently does not have weekend hours of operation.


The following is an overview of the Trauma Services department internship.

  1. Interns will deepen their knowledge of trauma informed, evidence based therapeutic work with individuals who have experienced a trauma within the realm of domestic violence and/or child abuse.
    1. Development of a knowledge base around domestic violence and child abuse will be accomplished through readings, online trainings, consultation with trauma services department staff and supervisor, staff trainings and observation of other agency programs.
  2. Engage children, adolescents and adults in trauma informed individual and group behavioral health therapy.
  3. Learn to identify necessary outside supports for clients engaged in therapy services, including but not limited to: psychiatric services, support groups, case management, legal advocacy, etc.
  4. Develop strong skills surrounding appropriate and ethical record keeping.
  5. Interns will be exposed to various therapeutic modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Seeking Safety.
  6. Interns will have the opportunity to attend department meetings, agency meetings, trainings, and interact with other professionals.

How to apply (phone calls not accepted): click here.


DVCAC also offers internships/field placement experience for students in social work, counseling and related fields. For more information regarding field placements at 216.229.2420.

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