St. Vincent de Paul of San Francisco

Summer Domestic Violence Advocate Training

Summer 2020 Domestic Violence Training July 22 – September 9, 2020

Our Domestic Violence Advocacy Trainings have shifted online.

Learn the dynamics of domestic violence to build a foundation of knowledge that allows you to support survivors as a service provider or community member.

St. Vincent de Paul’s – Riley Center for Domestic Abuse Survivors Program is looking for volunteers that are interested in working: in our community office, on our crisis line, at our children’s program, and with Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at community outreach events and resource fairs.


This 40-Hour Training is designed for the general public, potential volunteers, and working adults in the education, health, housing, legal, and social services fields. This training is for people who are committed to the following:

  • Supporting survivors of domestic abuse/intimate partner violence,
  • Developing and enhancing counseling, facilitation, and leadership skills
  • Challenging all forms of oppression that contribute to Intimate Partner Violence

40-Hour Training Format:

The required curriculum will be presented EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE! This requires online training with staff from organizations that are well-established in the field of Domestic Violence and related areas. Videos and readings will complement our presentations and discussions. In order to participate in this training you are required to:

  1. Have access to a computer with a webcam and microphone.
  2. Have access to the internet.
  3. Have downloaded on the computer.
  4. Be registered to participate in this training by July 10, 2020 at 5pm.

Topics included in our 40-Hour training:

  • Domestic Violence 101
  • Supporting Survivors
  • LGBTQIA Survivors and Barriers to Services
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Safety Planning
  • Danger Assessment
  • The Effects of Trauma
  • Understanding Barriers to Services & Support + more!

Training Dates:

This training will take place on the following dates, which are on Wednesday evenings from 4:00pm – 7:00pmThere will be a MANDATORY ONLINE ORIENTATION on July 10, 2020 at 5:00pm on Zoom.

Training Sessions are as follows:
Session 1: July 22, 2020
Session 2: July 29, 2020
Session 3: August 5, 2020
Session 4: August 12, 2020
Session 5: August 19, 2020
Session 6: August 26, 2020
Session 7: September 2, 2020
Session 8: September 9, 2020

Location of Training:

Applications and payments are due by July 10, 2020. Spaces are very limited and priority is given to incoming volunteers for the Riley Center, Staff from Domestic Violence Agencies and Service Providers around the San Francisco Bay Area. Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural Spanish speakers are strong encouraged to apply!