Peace Over Violence’s mission is to build healthy individuals, relationships, and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.
In order to fulfill our mission, staff enlist the help and support of volunteers, who answer the hotline; provide counseling, accompaniment and advocacy to victims/survivors; educate youth and adult community members; and give hours of their time toward administrative and organizational support. Training and supervision are provided for all volunteers through the different programs. Each program answers specific community needs and has defined requirements for participation. Peace Over Violence serves a large monolingual Spanish-speaking population, as well as people who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Volunteer candidates who are bilingual in Spanish or American Sign Language are strongly encouraged to join.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline & Emergency Response
Volunteer Counselor Advocates provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals via the 24-hour L.A. Rape and Battering Crisis Line and respond to designated SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) centers. Counselor Advocates also respond to local hospitals and law enforcement agencies to provide immediate crisis intervention services and support to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and significant others.
Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)
Counselor Advocates in the DART program work closely with designated law enforcement personnel to act as secondary responders to domestic violence calls. Counselor Advocates will assist survivors and children with immediate crisis intervention, restraining orders, shelter placement, resources and advocacy.
Upon completion of the Training, you will be part of the Peace Over Violence Intervention Division’s Emergency Response Team, volunteering for either of the following programs: 24-Hour Hotline and Emergency Response Team or Domestic Abuse Response Team.
- Become a trauma informed counselor advocate
- Provide direct services to survivors via our 24-hour hotline or respond in person
- Help strengthen community partner relationships
- Enhanced knowledge on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child Sexual Abuse, Intimate Partner Stalking, and other topics relating to violence
- Become a representative of a nationally recognized organization
- Give back to communities impacted by violence
- Commitment to one full year of service
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and insurance
- Must live in LA County. Prefer community members from Metro LA or West San Gabriel Valley
- Must pass an LAPD or POV criminal background check
Voices Over Violence
Peace Over Violence often gets requests from the community for survivors to speak about their experiences through presentations, panel discussions, and media interviews, to educate the public about the realities of interpersonal violence. Our speakers bureau “Voices Over Violence” is a group of individuals willing to share and discuss in an open and educational way their experiences with sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Speakers are able to address common myths surrounding violence, resources, and the healing process.
Violence Prevention Specialist
Violence Prevention Specialists provide education about gender-based violence and strategies for prevention to youth, community groups and professionals. VPS are experts who excel at community speaking, classroom instruction, and outreach events. Volunteers also help in organizing public awareness campaigns, such as Denim Day, an educational campaign that takes place during Sexual Assault Awareness month every April.
VPS volunteers work as POV ambassadors in the community, preventing violence through education to the public. As a volunteer with the Prevention Division, VPS volunteers present to schools and community groups on the issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and building healthy relationships.
- Become a trauma-informed educator
- Learn and develop skills on preventing violence and building healthy communities, while strengthening your public speaking skills
- Become a leader and beacon in your community
- Network with community partners and connect with passionate individuals
- Commitment to one full year of service (100 hours)
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
- Must live in LA County
- Pass background check
The next 65-hour training is January 15-March 30, 2019. Training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm, for 11 consecutive weeks.
Youth Over Violence Leadership Institute
A leadership development program for high school and college students. The institute and internship offers training in a variety of areas. Students are taught how to create and organize violence prevention programs/activities on their campuses. YOV Training works in diverse areas including designing social media campaigns and public service announcements, advocacy for anti-violence legislation and school policy, and organizing youth conferences designed to educate young people on healthy, violence-free lifestyles.