The recent COVID-19 pandemic has certainly jolted all of our ways of life: as of today, 90% of the American public is under stay-at-home orders. While many of us have the option to stay at home and feel safe, victims of domestic violence do not have that option. Sheltering in place, for victims of intimate […]
On August 21st Senator Ernst met with staff of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and pledged her support to sponsor the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA). Last week Senator Joni Ernst made a floor statement in which she reported that negotiations had broken down and characterized H.R.1585 (VAWA) as a partisan political […]
Today, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) provides a range of comprehensive services and fundamental support for victim/survivors in eight Southeastern counties – Johnson, Iowa, Cedar, Washington, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, and Van Buren. The story of DVIP, its expansion, and improvements go back 40 critical years that were only possible because of the relentless […]
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact DVIP’s Volunteer Coordinator for more information at 319.351.1043 or 800.373.1043 or submit a Volunteer Application. DVIP suggests a commitment of 3 hours per week of volunteer time if possible, but will work with you and your schedule.
Become a Volunteer
DVIP suggests a commitment of 3 hours per week of volunteer time; however, many of DVIP’s volunteers have active schedules, and most are able to work in a couple of hours per month on a regular basis. If time is an issue, please call for more information. DVIP is willing to work with you and accommodate your special situation.
Volunteer Victim Advocate
These trained individuals are the core of DVIP’s volunteer program. They answer crisis lines, perform emergency intakes, facilitate support groups, provide advocacy in a variety of settings, and provide information and referrals to victims of domestic violence.
DVIP is always in need of youth volunteers. While youth make up half of our shelter residents, DVIP has funding for only two full-time staff members to handle youth issues and programming. From playing video games with a group of teenagers to taking the kids in shelter to the park, to facilitating a pre-teen support group, youth volunteers play a vital role at DVIP.
Board of Directors
Joining the Board of Directors is an outstanding way to share the resources and skills that you can uniquely offer. Our Board is very active in long-range goal planning and policy development, fundraising and community education/awareness. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors, contact DVIP at (319) 356-9863 ext 2 for more information, or complete a Board of Directors Application.