Our Victim Advocacy Training is available to certify individuals who provide assistance and services to those victimized by crime. Our training is approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program, designed to promote a minimum of 40 hours of pre-service training for advocates. The voluntary training is open to any paid or volunteer staff member, whether or not they have formal education or degree.
There are four levels of certification — provisional, basic, intermediate and advanced — based on different requirements. Some of the topics of the training include domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, identity theft and more. Being certified helps both you and those victimized by crime.
Some of the benefits of certification include:
Learn more about becoming certified here.
All areas must be complete. Incomplete applications cannot be processed, which will result in a delayed response. By accepting this application packet, you release casfv from providing reason(s) for non-acceptance.
Due to casfv's limited budget, volunteers and interns must pay a $3.00 fee for the background check. Please make check or money order payable to the Center Against Sexual & Family Violence. We also accept cash or credit cards.
Volunteers, interns, and casfv employees are all screened in the same way. Once the background check has been completed, potential volunteers will be contacted and interviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator. Interns will follow the same process and complete an additional interview with their potential supervisor.
Volunteers and interns who have been accepted will be notified via phone or email.
All direct-service volunteers and interns are required to attend a training session before they begin working with clients. BECAUSE CLIENT NEEDS ARE CASFV’S MAIN PRIORITY, NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. On occasion, a volunteer or intern will be invited to training before all necessary paperwork has been completed. In such an instance, an invitation to casfv training does not necessarily mean acceptance as a volunteer, the interview process must still be followed.
Begin the application process and become an advocate.
We provide all services without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.