In Los Angeles, LAPD and domestic violence advocates, have joined forces to address complaints about antiquated laws that limit action by both survivors and police, and are often blamed for why survivors have a hard time finding safety and justice. Known as the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), their mission is to provide immediate crisis intervention and follow-up services to survivors of domestic violence and their families. Good Shepherd Shelter (GSS) is a proud partner of the City of Los Angeles’ DART program.
Each team of two or three—an LAPD officer and one or two specially-trained advocates from GSS—responds to domestic violence calls to provide crisis intervention, emotional support and advocacy. They also:
• Inform the survivor about his or her rights and options
• Perform the preliminary investigation
• Make arrests when the law allows
• Provide and assist with emergency protective orders
• Go to court with the survivor if needed
• Help with shelter placement
• Offer resource information
GSS will be with law enforcement from the moment the calls come in to 911. The police officers make a preliminary assessment and then then offer the GSS advocate services.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to get involved, you can also volunteer as a counselor/advocate for DART. You need to be at least 18 years old and willing to meet the following requirements:
• Give a one-year commitment, beginning at the conclusion of the training course
• Complete 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate training
Several upcoming DV training sessions available:
o South Bay/ Los Angeles
March 8-April 19 (Tuesdays/Thursday, 6:00-9:00)
o Downtown Los Angeles
Fridays 9-5:30 (2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18)
o Mid-City/ Los Angeles
Thursdays 8:30-5:00 (3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31)
o Orange County
Fridays (3/4, 3/11: 6-10), Saturdays/Sundays (3/5, 3/6, 3/12, 3/13: 8:30-5:30)
• 40-hour Domestic Violence Training Certificate will be presented at end of one-year commitment
• Must be able to pay a $300 training fee.
o $200 of the training fee will be refunded at the end of the one- year commitment
• Pass a LAPD background check
• Have a valid California driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance coverage
• Volunteer at least 2 nights each month from 2:00pm-12:00am (partial shifts available if needed).
• Attend monthly in-service meetings
No experience is required. The counselor/advocate domestic violence state-certified training includes lectures, activities and interactive discussions. You’ll be trained by multi-disciplinary professionals, experienced volunteers, survivors and GSS staff to ensure you learn everything you need to know. Learn more about volunteering and apply to the DART program by emailing Francine at FMartin@goodshepherdshelter.org or visiting www.goodshepherdshelter.org today.
40 hour training is required for all participants. After training, you would need to be available 1 night week at the West LA precinct, 1663 Butler - near Santa Monica and Sawtelle.
Contact Person: FRANCINE MARTIN
Contact Email: FMartin@goodshepherdshelter.org
Contact Phone Number: 3237376111
Organization: Good Shepherd Shelter