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 closed while we onboard our current group of volunteers.


Please read the Covid-19 information to the right & learn about our volunteer opportunities below. If you are interested in supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence in Dane County by volunteering with DAIS, please complete our contact form.


We will contact you when the application process is open again. Note: this application is best viewed in Chrome. 


Our next New Advocate Training session is planned for September 2022.


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



Volunteer Job Descriptions:

  • 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.
  • Donation Room Volunteer: *Our Donations program is currently full.
  • 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. Minimum commitment of 6-months required.
  • Volunteer Child & Youth 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. Minimum commitment of 1-year required.
  • 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. Minimum commitment of 3-months required.
  • 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.