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.


Our application process is currently closed as we on-board a new group of volunteers. Our next New Advocate Training session is set for May.

Please read about the range of opportunities and complete this Volunteer Contact Form. We will contact you when the application process is open again. (Note: This form is best viewed using Chrome.)


Some volunteer roles work directly with victims in crisis and their children. These positions require a 27-hour New Advocate Training, in addition to program-specific training and observations.


All DAIS volunteers are required to undergo a background check and are required to complete confidentiality forms for the safety of the DAIS facilities and the protection of those we serve.


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



Volunteer Job Descriptions:


  • Donation Room Volunteer: Help receive, sort, organize and track in-kind donations that are vital to the operation of DAIS programs. Shifts are between 2-3 hours long. Volunteers are asked to commit to one to two shifts per week.
  • Children’s Advocate: Children are involved in both structured and free play through the DAIS Children’s Program. Volunteers help lead group activities, as well as assist individual children.
  • Help Line Advocate: Volunteers are trained to answer the 24-hour DAIS Help Line. Calls often come from survivors, concerned family and friends, other health/service professionals, and staff from other organizations.
  • 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. Shifts are 4 hours (Monday – Friday), must be able to commit to one (or more) 4-hour shift per week.
  • Court Watch: Court Watch Volunteers are trained to observe court hearings and document key findings. This is conducted on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday mornings, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Volunteers must be able to commit to one 4 hour shift per week for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Shelter Chef: *Our Shelter Chef Program is currently full.
  • Support Group Advocate: *Our Support Group Program is currently full.

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 asked to provide documentation confirming COVID-19 vaccination, or in the absence of vaccination documentation, provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their volunteer service. If volunteering on a regular basis, testing for unvaccinated volunteers is required at a minimum of once per calendar week.