Free Training to Become a Volunteer Domestic Violence Advocate

The Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) is looking for interested community members, including from Bedford, to participate in their fall 2023 Volunteer Advocate Training program at the Concord Police Department. 

The 40-hour training is designed to familiarize the volunteers with the many aspects of domestic violence and give them the skills necessary to provide confidential and appropriate services to DVSN’s clients. Once trained, DVSN’s Volunteer Advocates provide direct service over the phone, at the Concord District Court, and at Emerson Hospital to people affected by domestic violence. 

The fall program will be held over three weeks from Monday, Sept. 18 through Friday, Oct. 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during daytime hours. The training sessions will consist of a mix of long (9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) and short (9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) days. For those who wish to act as Advocates, an additional 10 to 12 hours of individual field training will take place after successful completion of the classroom segment. 

The training is provided at no cost to attendees. All necessary materials will be provided. 

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DVSN is a community-based organization that works to combat domestic violence in collaboration with the police departments of its 12 member towns (Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston), Hanscom AFB, the Concord District Court, and Emerson Hospital. 

To learn more about DVSN and its programs, services, and events, visit

Those interested in more information about the training or who want to request an application should call 978-254-1761 or send an e-mail to [email protected]. Applications are due no later than Friday, Sept. 8.

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