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Volunteering at The Willow Domestic Violence Center
Why Volunteer at The Willow Domestic Violence Center?
I am an advocate for The Willow because it not only allows me to help someone who is going through domestic violence to achieve their own personal goals and freedom, but it allows me to grow as a person, so I can better understand the brutal and harsh world around me.
As a child survivor of domestic violence, the fight to put an end to domestic violence has continued to be important to me. The Willow does great work, has dedicated staff, and offers services to any person that can use them. Domestic violence is so often seen as a 'woman's problem,' but The Willow recognizes that this is not the case and has opened their doors to male survivors and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, and agender (LGBTQA) survivors of domestic violence. The Willow wants to become a more inclusive space, and it is my pleasure to volunteer my time to this agency.
I work at Willow because I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I want to be able to pay it forward for all of the kind people who helped me escape my nightmare. The work I do at Willow is very rewarding, and the staff thanks me every day for my contribution.
I am a volunteer at The Willow for many reasons. I think it is crucial that we increase the visibility of men in the movement. The culture of violence that is endemic to U.S. culture must be fought against by women AND men - we all need to be involved in stopping domestic violence, and to redefine relations between couples, to redefine masculinity and femininity in the interest of creating safer spaces for all of us. Everyone needs to care about domestic violence and any type of interpersonal violence - it affects us all.
Internship Opportunities at
The Willow Domestic Violence Center
The Willow Domestic Violence Center's Advocate Training Schedule
Volunteer training is held five times every year - one week in January, in the winter months, in the spring months, one week in August, and in the fall months. This is a thorough training consisting of domestic violence education as well as providing fundamental preparation for the hands-on work done by The Willow Domestic Violence Center volunteer advocates.
As an advocate with The Willow Domestic Violence Center you will be able to provide a variety of services to survivors of domestic violence. You will be trained to answer the crisis line, provide peer counseling, facilitate support groups, do activities with kids, provide court advocacy, and many other free and confidential services.
If you have any questions about the Advocate Training, please contact our Director of Volunteer Services at 785.331.2034 x 104 or click here to email.