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Dart Advocate Volunteer Opportunity

CDLF Counseling partners with two divisions of the Los Angeles Police Department as part of the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), a specialized unit responding to domestic violence victims. Our DART Program is currently seeking to fulfill intern positions available to provide crisis intervention, case management services, safety planning, shelter placements, referrals for counseling, and court accompaniment to survivors of domestic violence. Interns under DART will be placed in the Pacific and Olympic divisions of the LAPD. 

Participants in the program are expected to commit a minimum of 8 hours per week for 1 year after successfully completing a 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate training provided by CDLF Counseling. Hours will be established between the intern, the supervisor, and the program director with consideration to the intern's schedule and the needs of survivors. DART will also work closely with interns to fulfill school requirements, if applicable. 

In addition to the requirements described above, interns must: 

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Complete and pass a LAPD Background check
  • Have a valid California Driver's License, reliable transportation, and insurance coverage.

For more detailed information our DART intern program, please do not hesitate to contact Paloma Bustos, Lead Advocate at