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Volunteer Training

Are you a good listener? Are you comfortable talking on the phone?

Do you have a passion for helping others?

If you answered yes to these questions, we have an opportunity that may be perfect for you!

Family Violence Project (FVP) has an ongoing need for volunteer advocates to help answer our 24-hour helpline for those affected by domestic violence. As a volunteer advocate on the helpline, you will make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering from the comfort of your home. Do you worry that you won’t know what to say? FVP offers a free training (the Core Advocacy, Intervention, Response and Ethics Training) to help prepare you for this role; also, a staff person will be available to assist you by phone while you are volunteering. Throughout the training, participants will learn about the complex issue of domestic violence, the services of Family Violence Project, and how to talk with callers and help them create safety plans. Although successful completion of the training is required for this volunteer role, no other experience is necessary.


The next 45-hour volunteer training will be held in Augusta on the following dates / times:

· Saturday, April 1st from 9am to 3:30pm

· Monday, April 3rd from 3pm to 6pm

· Wednesday, April 5th from 3pm to 6pm

· Monday, April 10th from 3pm to 6pm

· Wednesday, April 12th from 3pm to 6pm

· Monday, April 17th – no class due to the holiday

· Wednesday, April 19th from 3pm to 6pm

· Monday, April 24th from 3pm to 6pm

· Wednesday, April 26th from 3pm to 6pm

· Monday, May 1st from 3pm to 6pm

· Wednesday, May 3rd from 3pm to 6pm

· Monday, May 8th from 3pm to 6pm

· Wednesday, May 10th from 3pm to 6pm

· Monday, May 15th from 3pm to 6pm

· Wednesday, May 17th from 3pm to 6pm


Participants must attend the April 1st session in-person. Full in-person attendance is encouraged beyond April 1st; however, a remote attendance option will be available for those who need it.

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview and pass background checks prior to volunteering. Interviews must be completed by 4:30pm on Wednesday, March 29th. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation (to help cover the cost of background checks) from those who are financially able to provide it; the inability to donate will not prevent a person from participating!

For more information, contact Jaime at [email protected] or 207-623-8637 x302.

Support FVP

Thanks to your generosity, we can continue to provide so many needed and important services: our helpline, advocacy work, support groups, shelter & supportive housing, prevention & training programs, children’s work, and Menswork, a program that works directly with abusers who want to change their behavior.


Donations can be mailed to:
Family Violence Project
P O Box 304
Augusta, Me 04332-0304

Online donations can be made via DonorPerfect:



We couldn't provide the services we do without the ongoing support of a large and active network of volunteers. There are many ways volunteers work with and support us. If you are interested in donating your time, please contact Jaime, Co-Director of Advocacy Programs, at 2076238637, x302 or [email protected]