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New direction for domestic violence volunteer course

By Nikki Kuhn, Volunteer Coordinator

As the state rolls out a new online training, we will be reigning in ours.

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence now offers a 16-hour training at www.icadv.org for people working directly with survivors of domestic abuse. (To access the training contact ICADV: icadv@icadv.org or 515-244-8028.) With this service available statewide to agencies and volunteers, our online 30-hour Domestic Violence Awareness Training will no longer be offered, effective June 30, 2017. While this has been a great resource for many professionals and community members, we will continue offering the training only as an in-person course. This change allows us to best use resources to recruit and equip volunteers in assisting local survivors.

You can still take our online course and receive a certificate of completion. You must register by April 30, 2017, and finish all of the materials by June 30.

The full 30 hours remains a requirement to volunteer directly with clients of the Domestic Abuse Resource Center. You can volunteer in many indirect ways as well, and this does not require the 30-hour training.

Staff from Helping Services and the Domestic Abuse Resource Center thank everyone who invested their time and expertise in creating this tool, appreciate all who have completed the training, and are grateful for each volunteer who serves survivors of domestic abuse.

Direct Volunteer Option


Indirect Volunteer Options

  • Organize the client supply pantry
  • Help plan awareness events or fundraisers
  • Assemble client safety packets

Know someone who might be interested in volunteering? Please have them contact 563-382-2989 or info@helpingservices.org.

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