Become a Certified Advocate

For Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Volunteer-advocates are at the heart of East Los Angeles Women's Center! They 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. No counseling experience required.

Your role as an advocate makes a a big difference in the lives of survivors! 

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 may apply.
  • Training is offered twice a year in the Spring and Fall
  • Commit to one-year of service to the ELAWC volunteer program



Fall 2023 Training is Closed

Spring training is tentative to start on February 26th, 2024.

Spring 2024 training is hybrid. Trainees will meet over Zoom every Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. – to 9:30 pm and on three (3) selective Saturdays in-person. All sessions are mandatory per CALOES (California of Emergency Services) standards. 

Spring 2024 training – Tentative schedule February 26th – May 22nd.

Group Interviews Part 1: 11/01/2023 – 2/2/2024.

Panel Interviews Part 2: 2/5/2024 – 2/16/2024

Once you apply, please monitor your Inbox/Spam for the initial interview email.

You will be invited to interview if an application is submitted on or before 1/22/2024. If an application is submitted on 1/23/24 or after, you will be added to the fall 2024 interest list. Please monitor your Inbox/Spam for training information.

 *The fall 2024 training will take place in late August. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


For more information, contact: The advocacy team at [email protected] or call 323-526-5819 ext. 121

We thank you for your interest in volunteering at ELAWC. We look forward to working with you!




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