DAIS volunteers provide crucial, life-saving services to domestic violence survivors and their families. Your time and compassion will go a long way in providing support to those impacted by domestic violence in Dane County.


DAIS’ volunteer application process is currently closed while we onboard our newest group of volunteers. If you are interested in supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence in Dane County by volunteering with DAIS, please complete this contact form. We will contact you when the application process is open again. Note: this application is best viewed in Chrome.


*Donations, Gardening and Reception/Front Desk Volunteer positions can start at any time.




*Both in-person sessions will be held at DAIS – 2102 Fordem Ave., Madison, WI

  • January 21 (Saturday) | 9:00am – 5:00pm *IN PERSON*
  • January 24, 25, 26 (T, W, Th) | 6:00pm – 9:00pm *Virtual*
  • January 31, February 1 (T, W) | 6:00pm – 9:00pm *Virtual*
  • February 2 (Th) wrap-up | 6:00pm – 9:00pm “IN PERSON*


General New Advocate Training (NAT) Guidelines:

To volunteer with clients at DAIS, attendance for the full 26-hour New Advocate Training is required, as well as additional training sessions with your program-specific supervisor. Program-specific training schedules will be set by the supervisors for each program and will take place after the general sessions are completed.


If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact volunteer@abuseintervention.org.


Volunteer Job Descriptions:

  • Children’s Advocate: Children are involved in both structured activities and free play through the DAIS Parent and Child Advocacy Program. Volunteers help lead group activities, as well as assist individual children. Volunteers must be able to commit to one 2-hour shift per week for a minimum of 1 year. Most shifts are weekday evenings, M-TH from 6:15pm – 8:15pm. Daytime and weekday hours may be available based on programming.
  • Court Watch: Court Watch Volunteers observe court hearings on Monday mornings, 8:00am – 12:00pm. Volunteers must be able to commit to one 4-hour shift per week for a minimum of 6 months. Shifts take place at the courthouse downtown.
  • Donation Room VolunteerOur Donations program is currently full.
  • Gardening Volunteer: Not active…we will revisit recruiting in Spring. Note: this position is not required to attend the full 26-hour New Advocate Training, DAIS staff will discuss training with you.
  • Help Line Advocate: Volunteers are trained to answer the 24-hour Help Line and Text Line. Calls and texts from survivors, concerned family and friends, other health/service professionals, and staff from other organizations are typical. Available shifts: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Reception/Front Desk: Be the first friendly face our visitors and clients see when they come to DAIS. Offer a warm welcome and address general reception tasks. Available shifts are 4 hours (Monday – Thursday), must be able to commit to one (or more) 4-hour shift per week. Minimum commitment of 3-months required.
  • Shelter Chef: Our Shelter Chef program is currently on hold.
  • Support Group Advocate: Our Support Group program is currently full.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with DAIS – we hope to work with you soon!

Important information about COVID-19 and Volunteering at DAIS:


To maintain safety and the health and wellbeing of everyone at DAIS, individuals volunteering within our building are still required to wear a mask when working with other people.