Volunteers are an integral part of the DVCC’s effort to serve victims of domestic violence. While volunteer projects and departmental needs are always evolving, the role that volunteers play in our agency is an ongoing and essential one.

Because of the sensitive nature of the work and the need for confidentiality, all prospective volunteers must attend a 30-hour Educational Seminar. This seminar provides an opportunity to learn about the dynamics of intimate partner violence and how it affects victims, families, children and society at large. Participants also learn about agency services and advocacy projects. Upon completion of the Educational Seminar, volunteers are certified by the State of Connecticut and may assist with community events and outreach, administrative work, fundraising and childcare.

Volunteers who would like to work with specific agency services (the legal department, SafeHouses, Medical Advocacy Project and PeaceWorks Project) receive further specialized training in those areas.

DVCC offers volunteers a choice of two tracks: direct service or project-based. Direct service volunteers work within a specific department and commit to weekly or bi-weekly hours in a set block of time on a particular day. These volunteers commit to a minimum of 60 hours of service annually. Project-based volunteers work on short-term, flexible projects on a quarterly basis and commit to a minimum of 30 hours of service annually.

In order for volunteers to maintain their certification, they must complete six hours of recertification training/education each year.

Educational Seminars occur twice a year, typically in the fall and spring. There is a one-time fee of $150 for the seminar. Need-based scholarships are available. 

For more information on volunteering or for a schedule of upcoming Educational Seminars, email volunteer@dvccct.org or call (203) 588-9100 and ask for the Volunteer Liaison.