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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 Therapy Intern

We are currently accepting 2nd year Masters level social work and counseling students who are currently enrolled in a CACREP and/or CSWE accredited institution. The following is an overview of the trauma therapy department internship.

  1. Interns will deepen their knowledge of trauma informed, evidenced 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 done through readings, online trainings, consultation with therapy 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 around appropriate and ethical record keeping.
  5. At the conclusion of the internship, interns are expected to create a short presentation to highlight what they have learned throughout the course of the internship.
  6. Interns will 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 between the hours of 9a-7p M-TH and 9a-5p Fridays.

If you are still interested in an internship at the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center please forward your resume/CV to internships@dvcac.org.


If you are a current volunteer and would like to access our Volunteer Training Manual, please 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.

You can help stop domestic violence and child abuse.

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DVCAC reaches over 37,000 men, women and children each year in the Cleveland area

We could not do it without support from the community. Help us help others.