Get Involved




  • Become a Volunteer

    DVIP relies on the help of dedicated individuals in our communities to help support survivors of domestic violence.  Volunteering is a meaningful way to address the impact of intimate partner violence in our own communities.

    The first step is easy!  Just fill out the volunteer application and our volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you to talk about next steps.

    If you have any questions throughout the application process, please contact our Community Engagement Department at 319-356-9863 ext. 3 

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Group Volunteers:

    Many groups work with DVIP to do much-needed maintenance tasks, donation pick-up and perform many other vital duties that make our organization run! If you are part of a group interested in a one-time project or an ongoing monthly project please contact our Director of Community Engagement at or call 319.930.2030

    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.  Volunteers generally complete two hours of volunteer work each week.

    Youth Volunteer

    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 the shelter to the park, to facilitating a pre-teen support group, youth volunteers play a vital role at DVIP. Volunteers generally complete two hours of volunteer work each week.

    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(docx).

    Volunteer with Special Talents

    (i.e. plumbing, carpentry skills, etc. for a few hours or a weekend)

    Many volunteers provide support by donating their special skills in our office or help maintain our shelter. By providing technical assistance, office support, or home repair skills, volunteers provide an invaluable resource and help DVIP minimize overhead expenses.

    Cooper’s House
    We have pet kennels at our emergency shelter site to help keep families and their pets together in a time of crisis! Volunteers will be trained to help maintain the kennels for cats and dogs. An important part of this program will be keeping animals happy and comfortable; which can then be a fantastic therapeutic benefit to children and adults alike. Volunteers may also connect with donors and supporters in the community to help gather resources for the pets we are caring for. This will help ensure the health and well-being for the pets staying in our shelter, as well as the many pets and livestock we foster every year. Check out more about the program here.
  • With our utmost gratitude, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program would like to thank the following businesses for their ongoing financial and in-kind support in 2017!

    Our advocates could not do the work they do without such an incredible community!

    2017 Organizations and Businesses:

    100+ Women for Good
    Alpha Chi Omega
    Amazon Smiles
    AM Rotary
    AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.
    Best Case Wines
    Bethany Lutheran Church
    Bethlehem Lutheran Church
    Bluebird Café
    Catholic Daughters of the Americas
    Cedar County Auditor
    Chapter HI PEO
    Christ the King Lutheran Church
    CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
    College of Pharmacy
    Conn Communications
    Continuing Education Account
    Cross Country Motor Club, Inc
    Dakin Family Charitable Fund C/O Community Foundation Greater Des Moines
    Dave Loebsack Campaign
    Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation
    Downtown Iowa City Rotary
    Embury United Methodist Women
    Emmanuel U M W
    Evereve, Inc.
    Fairfax State Savings Bank
    Faith United Church of Christ
    First Presbyterian Church
    First United Church of Christ
    First United Methodist Church
    GEICO Philanthropic Foundation
    Goldman Sachs Gives
    Grace United Church of Christ
    Great Western Bank
    Hills Bank and Trust Company
    Hot House Yoga
    IBlitz Boxing and Fitness, LLC
    Iowa City Monthly Meeting of Friends
    Iowa City Noon Kiwanis
    Iowa City Noon Rotary
    Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
    Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB
    Iowa GFWC Tri Sigmas
    Iowa One Gift
    Johnson County
    Johnson County Sheriff Department
    Kenneth Kinsey Family Foundation
    Keystone IT
    Kim Schillig Real Estate, INC
    Lambda Chi Alpha
    Leash on Life, LLC
    Lepic-Kroeger Realtors
    Little Village Magazine
    Lone Tree Art Club
    Lone Tree Lions Club
    Mc Farland Supply Company
    MidWestONE Bank
    Muscatine Agility Club
    National Philanthropic Trust
    Network for Good
    Neumann Monson PC
    Newman Catholic Student Center
    Noonmark Foundation
    Old Capitol Kiwanis
    Old Capitol Quilters Guild
    P & K’s Red Hat Hotties
    Pfizer Foundation
    River Products Company Charitable Foundation
    Salt Fork Kitchen
    Sanders Rentals
    Skogman Realty
    Solon Beef Days Committee
    Solon Centennial Lions Club
    Solon United Methodist Women
    Solon Women’s Club
    Southgate Development
    St Ann’s Group at St. Patrick’s Church
    St Mary’s Church of Iowa City
    St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
    St. Anthony’s Bread of St. Mary’s
    St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
    St. Mary’s Catholic Church
    St. Patrick Church
    St. Thomas More Church
    St. Wenceslaus Altar & Rosary Society
    St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
    Stuff Etc West Inc.
    Stuff Etc. Iowa City
    Swedesburg Lutheran Church
    The Allstate Foundation
    The Fountain Charitable Foundation
    The Governor Group
    The Gwen Johnson Team
    Thomas Cardella & Associates, Inc
    Thrivent Financial
    Toyota Scion of Iowa City
    Trumpet Blossom Cafe
    Unitarian Universalist Society
    United Methodist Women
    United Natural Foods, Inc
    United Way of Central Iowa
    United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County
    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
    United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties
    University of Iowa Center for Advancement
    University of Iowa Community Credit Union
    Urban Acres
    Warm Up America
    Washington United Methodist Church
    Wellmark Foundation
    White Rabbit LLC
    Women of St. Mary Catholic Church
    Zion Lutheran Church

  • Job Postings

    The Domestic Violence Intervention Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

    Position: Shelter/Cooper’s House Assistant

    Hours: Weekend, daytime and evening hours (20 Hours Position). 

    Job Summary:   Supervised by the Director of Shelter and Youth Services, shelter assistants work with victims of domestic violence who are residents of the DVIP shelter program.  The shelter assistant helps victims meet their immediate daily needs by providing supplies, information, and referrals.  This position is a direct services position. In addition, this position is responsible for care and maintenance of pets that reside in DVIP’s kennel, Cooper’s House.

    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate:  Victim Councilor Training Certification required after appointment to position, cat and dog training at the Johnson County Animal Shelter.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Responsible to fulfill the overall mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in the provision of services to program participants.
    • Provide crisis intervention support, brief solution-based support, community referrals, and resources to shelter residents.
    • Demonstrate conflict resolution and problem-solving skills to clients and co-workers.
    • Coordinate follow-up services and activities for adult shelter residents, including organizing daily logging information related to client services, maintaining client files and organizing and/or completing client orientations.
    • Assist with shelter office maintenance, including making copies of forms, cleaning office, straightening desk area, etc.
    • Assist in general upkeep of facility, including building upkeep, building and grounds security, and distribution of program donations.
    • Document services provided as required.

    Cooper’s House Duties and Responsibilities:

    • General cleaning (sweeping, mopping, cleaning kennel insides and walls, wiping out cat boxes and dog beds), maintain inventory;
    • Keeping kennel room organized;
    • Continuing community outreach for building foster program;
    • Potentially attending events specific to Cooper’s House.

    Qualifications Required:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of good customer service practices.
    2. Effective written and verbal communication skills.
    3. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and cope with stressful situations.
    4. A working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.
    5. Ability to take direction and maintain confidentiality.
    6. Valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and reliable transportation.
    7. Ability to pass an Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.
    8. Physically able to lift up to 50lbs.
    9. Work study approved applicant.

    Qualifications DesirableDemonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and systems advocacy.

    1. Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to domestic violence intervention services.
    2. AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    3. Multilingual.

    Send applications to or to:

    Elias Ortiz
    Director of Shelter and Youth Services
    1105 South Gilbert Ct. #300
    Iowa City, IA 52240

    Application deadline: Open until filled.


    Position: Client Advocacy Services Housing Coordinator North

    Reports to: Director of Client Advocacy Services  Covers: Iowa, Cedar, Johnson, and Washington

    Job Summary: Supervised by the Director of Client Advocacy Services, the Client Advocacy Services Housing Coordinator assists people who are fleeing domestic violence and/or sexual assault in order to find safe, affordable housing. The Housing Specialist will assess each family’s strengths and barriers to housing and together with the victim/survivor identify the housing option that best meets the needs of the victim/survivor. The Housing Specialist will also maintain relationships with landlords to ensure survivors can exit homelessness quickly and maintain housing. Responsibilities also include providing education about domestic violence and homeless, and other specific needs resulting from domestic violence through trauma-informed practice.

    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate: certification required after appointment to position.  

    Hours:  Permanent 1 FTE (40 hours) position; schedule includes mornings, afternoons, evenings and some weekend hours.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

    •  Responsible to fulfill the overall mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in the provision of services to program participants.
      • Assisting survivors/victims with finding and maintaining housing.
      • Provide case management for survivors/victims (i.e., assessment, goal planning, regular contacts, and regular in-home visits) to assist them in attaining their goals.
      • Provide intervention planning including: collaborating with the victim/survivor to determine their strengths, family involvement needed, safety concerns, short and long term strategies to achieve housing objectives.
      • Connecting survivors/victims to mainstream resources (i.e., FIP,TANF, SSI/D and others).
      • Provide advocacy/assistance to help victims/survivors remain safely in their own home including rental assistance, legal advocacy, court orders (restraining, no contact etc.), medical care/behavioral health, life skills, employment, transportation, and emergency assistance.
      • Build relationships with landlords to help victims/survivors secure and maintain housing including maintaining a housing directory which should include documentation of all contacts with housing providers.
      • Educate clients about tenant responsibilities and rights, financial management, and affordable housing opportunities.
      • Mediate landlord-tenant issues.
      • Manage multiple sources of funds to assist clients and maintain accurate records of expenditures.
      • Maintain working knowledge of the State of Iowa statutes and codes including services to victims of domestic violence and the landlord/tenant code.
      • Participate in continued training as required and other related duties as assigned.
      • Work locally to improve access to services for battered women and knowledge of battered women’s rights.
      • Document services provided as required.
      • Assist with mentoring of new co-workers, volunteers, and interns, providing information about barriers faced by battered women, general operating procedures, crisis intervention, advocacy, and community referrals.

    Qualifications – Required:  

    • AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience (Two years of experience as a family or domestic violence case manager in a major social service program may be substituted for one year of college education).  
    • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and systems advocacy.  
    • Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to domestic violence intervention services.  
    • Experience in peer advocacy and crisis intervention work.  
    • A working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.  
    • Ability to provide confidential services in smaller, rural communities.  
    • Be organized and detail-oriented.  
    • Ability to work in independent and self-directed manner.
    • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.  
    • Ability to pass an Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.  

    Qualifications – Desired:  

    • Experience working with families and landlords to find housing in private, market-rate rental units. Experience and/or training in landlord-tenant mediation.
    • Strong writing and editing skills.
    • Public speaking skill and ability to provide training within scope of employment.
    • Knowledge and understanding of civil and criminal law practice related to domestic violence, particularly housing issues, protection orders, immigration, and divorce.
    • Multilingual

    Related Duties:  

    • On-Call.  
    • Travel required, with day, weekend and evening work.  
    • Other duties as assigned.  

    Submit a letter of interest and resume via email with SAFETY AND DIGNITY in the subject line to BRONIS PERTEIT

    DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

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