Become a Certified Advocate

For Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Volunteer-advocates provide crisis intervention, advocacy, education, and referrals to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, and those impacted by homelessness. They answer crisis calls on ELAWC’s 24 hour Crisis Hotline and respond in person to hospitals, police stations, and the court to provide one-on-one support to survivors and significant others.

After successfully completing the required Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocate Training, volunteer-advocates make a one-year commitment to the ELAWC volunteer program where they are expected to complete 24 hours of volunteering per month.

To become an advocate:

  • Complete the volunteer application
  • Participate in an in-person interview with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • If approved, you will be invited to enroll in the 70-hour training and certification course. Training fees apply.
  • Training is offered twice a year in the Spring and Fall
  • Commit to one-year of service to the ELAWC volunteer program


Fall training will begin on August 22, 2022

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  

Fall 2022 training – tentative schedule August 22 – November 16.

Group Interview part 1: 06/13/2022 – 7/29/2022.

Panel interview part 2: 8/1/2022 – 8/12/2022

Please monitor your inbox/spam for the initial interview email once you apply.


Fall 2022 training will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 6 pm – to 9:30 pm. The first day of training is 8/22/22  and will end on 11/16/22.  


If an application is submitted on or before 7/22/2022, you will be considered for a fall 2022 interview. If an application is submitted on 7/23/22 and after, you will be added to the spring 2023 interest list. Please monitor your junk/spam for training information.


*The spring 2023 training will take place in late February.


For more information contact: Training & Volunteer Coordinator, Vanessa Marroquin at [email protected] or call 323.526.5819 ×121

We look forward to working with you!


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