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Become a Domestic Violence / Intimate Partner Violence Advocate

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In the state of California those who are interested in becoming Domestic Violence/ Intimate Partner Violence (DF/IPV) Advocates must complete 40-hours of training as stated by evidence code 1037.1. Project: PeaceMakers, Inc. (PPMI) provides these classes by Zoom web conferencing or at 77th Police Division. During the classes, the history of Domestic Violence will be covered along with the laws, restraining orders, completion and filing, counseling, crisis intervention, the dynamics of Domestic Violence, Shelter services, challenges of the disabled community, challenges of the LGBTQ community, the nexus between gangs and Domestic Violence, just to name a few.


An Advocate also:

  • Informs the survivor about her or his rights and options

  • Provides and assists with DV/IPV Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO)

  • Goes to court with the survivor, if needed

  • Helps with shelter placement

  • Offers resource information

This training is not only good for those who want to volunteer at the agencies, but those who are involved with their neighborhood watches, at their places of worship, schools that their children may attend, places of employment, and other community organizations. Experienced trauma plays a huge part in the relationships that are affected by DV/IPV.

Through the ACES's studies, trauma from an early age opens the avenue for victims and abusers to become statistics. No experience is required. You’ll be trained by multi-disciplinary professionals, experienced volunteers, survivors and PPMI staff to ensure you learn everything you need to know. The 40-hr classes are held on Tuesdays in the Spring and Fall, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Fee for the class is $225. At the time of registration $100 of the total fee must be paid, and is non-refundable after the first class begins. The complete $200 balance must be paid by the end of the sixth week class.

Call the office at (323) 291-2525 for exact start dates and registration. For those who are interested in volunteering at PPMI after the completion of one year (a minimum of two evenings a week), $100 of the training fee will be refunded. 

If you are in the Los Angeles area and want to get involved, you can also volunteer as a counselor/advocate. You need to be at least 18 years old and willing to meet the following requirements:​

  • Give a one-year commitment, beginning at the conclusion of the training course

  • Complete 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate training

  • Must be able to pay a $225 training fee. $100 of the training fee will be refunded at the end of a one- year commitment with PPMI.

  • Pass a Live Scan background check

  • Have a valid California driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance coverage

  • Volunteer at least 16 hours a month 

  • Attend monthly in-service meetings


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