We look forward to interacting with you in 2021 and getting your support.
Working or volunteering in the domestic violence field may trigger stressors and strong emotions due to prior experiences. It is extremely important that our volunteers, are able to handle the mental and emotional weight of the work. We therefore urge all aspiring volunteers to carefully go through our Eligibility Policy before forwarding their Volunteer Application.
All training programs are being held online in convenient sessions. The two part training is mandatory for all new volunteers. The training inducts volunteers into our work philosophy, methodology and programs and is conducted by ASHA training professionals.
Part one: Volunteer Orientation
Gives volunteers an overview of the history of the organization, the work ASHA does, the clients we serve, partnering opportunities with other area organizations, policies relevant to volunteering etc.
Part two: Outreach Training
Helps volunteers understand the importance of outreach, how to answer questions and concerns on domestic violence and the clients we serve. Volunteers will be provided with resources to assist during outreach events.
Advanced Training for Client Advocates
Special intensive training is imparted to volunteer client advocates by ASHA professionals and our partners Fairfax County Domestic Violence Network.
Training is a continuous process. Volunteers are given 'refresher' courses from time to time and apprised of new developments. Guest speakers with expertise in the legal and mental health fields are invariably invited to lead these sessions.