As of May 1, 2017, Helping Services for Youth & Families will no longer be offering the Domestic Violence Online Training. Staff from Helping Services and the Domestic Abuse Resource Center extend their appreciation to everyone who invested their time and expertise in creating and completing this training to share their knowledge about domestic violence, intervention, and prevention.

FUTURE TRAININGS: We will continue to offer the full 30 hour training in person as an important resource for professionals, law enforcement, community members and volunteers. Direct-service volunteers play important roles such as answering the crisis line, transporting clients, safe-homing, and many more needed services. The 30-hour training is still mandated by ICADV (Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence) to approve volunteers working directly with clients (this does not apply to indirect volunteering). ICADV offers 16 hours of the 30 hour training online. You can find out more information regarding the coalition’s training at If you are interested in future trainings, please contact Kathleen Davis at

You will be more prepared to help victims by taking this training.

  • Understand experiencing and fleeing from abuse through victims' perspectives.
  • Gain insight into effects of violence on children.
  • Learn correct and sensitive response techniques.
  • Connect with others who are passionate about ending violence.
  • Everyone can benefit from this course.

    Domestic violence awareness is critical for everyone: professionals, neighbors, retirees, teens, parents, aunts, and uncles. The more we are aware of the signs and proper ways to be involved, the better we can help victims and their families.
  • Community Members
  • Educational Professionals
  • Employees in any work environment
  • Faith Community
  • Health Professionals
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Anyone wanting to support victims of domestic violence
  • Would you recommend this course to others?

    • 93%

      Percentage of Participants


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    Completing this training will allow you to volunteer with the Resource Center if you choose. Volunteer opportunities are available for anyone and everyone passionate about ending domestic violence. The most popular is answering the Resource Line. Other options include, Safe Home Provider, Transporter, Responder, and other more behind the scenes opportunities.
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