POV enlists the help of volunteers who answer our 24-hour hotline, provide support to victims/survivors, and educate youth and adult community members.
Training and supervision are provided for all volunteers. Each program answers specific community needs and has defined requirements for participation. Peace Over Violence serves a large monolingual Spanish-speaking population, as well as people who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Volunteer candidates who are bilingual in Spanish or American Sign Language are strongly encouraged to join.
Counselor Advocate Volunteers
24-Hour Crisis Hotline & Emergency Response
Volunteer Counselor Advocates provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals via the 24-hour L.A. Rape and Battering Crisis Line and respond to designated SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) centers. Counselor Advocates also respond to local hospitals and law enforcement agencies to provide immediate crisis intervention services and support to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and significant others.
Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)
Counselor Advocates in the DART program work closely with designated law enforcement personnel to act as secondary responders to domestic violence calls. Counselor Advocates will assist survivors and children with immediate crisis intervention, restraining orders, shelter placement, resources and advocacy.
DART volunteers undergo extensive training and are part of the POV Emergency Response Team.
Become a trauma-informed counselor advocate
Provide direct services to survivors via our 24-hour hotline or respond in person
Help strengthen community partner relationships
Enhanced knowledge on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child Sexual Abuse, Intimate Partner Stalking, and other topics relating to violence
Become a representative of a nationally recognized organization
Give back to communities impacted by violence
Commitment to one full year of service
Be 18 years of age or older
Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and insurance
Must live in LA County. Prefer community members from Metro LA or West San Gabriel Valley
Must pass an LAPD or POV criminal background check
Voices Over Violence Volunteers
POV often gets requests from the community for survivors to speak about their experiences to educate the public about the realities of interpersonal violence. Our speakers bureau, Voices Over Violence, is a group of individuals willing to share and discuss in an open and educational way their experiences with sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Speakers are able to address common myths surrounding violence, resources, and the healing process through presentations, panel discussions, and media interviews,
Violence Prevention Specialists
Violence Prevention Specialists educate youth, community groups, and professionals about gender-based violence prevention. VPS are experts who excel at community speaking, classroom instruction, and outreach events. Volunteers also help organize public awareness campaigns and host dialogues with their own peers.
VPS volunteers work as ambassadors in the community, preventing violence through education to the public. As a volunteer with the Prevention Division, VPS volunteers present to schools and community groups on the issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and building healthy relationships.
We are not offering VPS training at this time. For news and updates about upcoming POV programs, please subscribe.
Become a trauma-informed educator
Learn and develop skills on preventing violence and building healthy communities, while strengthening your public speaking skills
Become a leader and beacon in your community
Network with community partners and connect with passionate individuals
Commitment to one full year of service (100 hours)
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
Must live in LA County
Pass background check
Youth Over Violence Leadership Institute
A leadership development program for high school and college students. The institute and internship offers training in a variety of areas. Students are taught how to create and organize violence prevention programs/activities on their campuses. YOV Training works in diverse areas including designing social media campaigns and public service announcements, advocacy for anti-violence legislation and school policy, and organizing youth conferences designed to educate young people on healthy, violence-free lifestyles.
POV Legal Advocacy Services: Pro Bono Opportunities
The Pro Bono Program at POV offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities for attorneys, recently retired attorneys, post bar grads, law grads, students, post-bar grads and other volunteers. Our volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of POV clients and are essential to the provision of legal services to the community.