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 while we onboard our new group of volunteers and will reopen Monday, June 10th


Please read about our volunteer opportunities below and complete our contact form if you are interested in joining our next group of volunteers. Our next New Advocate Training session is planned for September 2024.

New Advocate Training June 2024


Some volunteer roles work directly with victims in crisis and their children. These positions require a 26-hour New Advocate Training, in addition to program-specific training and observations.


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

June 1 (Sat) | 9:00am – 5:00pm | *IN PERSON*

June 4 (T) | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | *ZOOM*

June 5 (W) | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | *ZOOM*

June 6 (TH) | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | *IN PERSON*

June 11 (T) | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | *ZOOM*

June 12 (W) | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | *ZOOM*

June 13 (TH) | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | *IN PERSON*


Program-specific training schedules will be set by the supervisors for each program and will take place after the general sessions are completed.


All DAIS volunteers are required to undergo a background check, complete confidentiality forms & follow our Covid-19 policy 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:


· Children’s AdvocateChildren 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 WatchOur Court Watch program is currently full.

· Donation Room VolunteerOur Donations program is currently full.

· Gardening Volunteer: Our Gardening Volunteer program is currently closed.  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. Volunteers must commit to at least one 3–4-hour shift per week for a minimum of 6 months. Hours are available from 8am-12am

· 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 – Friday), must be able to commit to one (or more) 4-hour shift per week. Minimum commitment of 3-months required.

· Shelter Cook: Volunteer Cooks work together to prepare and serve dinner once a week to shelter clients and families in the DAIS Kitchen and Shelter, in addition to dishes and clean-up after dinner. Shifts are available from 4:30pm-7:30pm on Tuesday or Thursday.

· Support Group Advocate: Advocates lead and facilitate one peer-based support group, weekly. Opportunities are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:30pm. Advocate must be able to facilitate one group a week for a minimum of 1.5 years.


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