Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence
(South County & San Benito County)
1.877.END.SADV (1.877.363.7238)
Youth & Family Crisis Line
(South County)

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Solutions to Violence

Our Solutions to Violence programs provide empowerment-based services to strengthen and support survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking crimes. We also provide prevention and education services for groups, schools, and the community about child abuse prevention and teen assault awareness. 


24-Hour Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Crisis Line

(South Santa Clara County & San Benito County)

1.877.END. SADV



"Community Solutions has helped me learn who I am again. 
I feel safe now. I couldn't ask for more."

~ Raina, intimate partner abuse survivor



Volunteer Advocate Training

for Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Abuse and Human Trafficking Advocates


In order to volunteer as a Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Abuse and Human Trafficking Advocate, indviduals must complete a 65-hour training mandated by the State of California.


This 9-day training will be held July 8, 2016 through August 5, 2016, every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our Gilroy office.

Volunteers will be trained to provide support and outreach for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence/intimate partner abuse and human trafficking.


Topics covered include:


History and Dynamics of Domestic Violence
Gender Roles in Society
Discrimination and Sexual Violence
Crisis Intervention
Advoctes role in DV/SA/HT
Collaborative Response: Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Medical Systems
Local Community Resources
Sexual Assault and Children/Teens
Trauma Informed Care
Cultural Competency


Training Costs:


All volunteers who wish to complete the training will be requested to pay refundable $250 fee prior to start of the training. Once volunteers complete 100 volunteer hours with the Solutions to Violence Division (within one year of their training) they will refunded their $250. Additionally, all participants are required to pay a $35 material fee to cover the cost of training materials.


Individuals wishing to take the training for professional development purposes with no interest in volunteering afterwards will be asked to pay a non-refundable $500 fee for the training. Please note that not all applicants are guaranteed participation in this training.  Space is limited and priority will be given to volunteers. 


How to register:


If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Advocate, please complete a volunteer application and volunteer agreement. If you are interested in the training only, we still ask that you complete and submit a volunteer application and agreement. All applications are due by June 24, 2016.


You may return your application and agreement by:

Email: erica.elliott@communitysolutions.org

Fax: 408-778-9672 Attention Erica Elliott

Hand-deliver to any of our Community Solutions office locations (Attention to Erica Elliott)


Upon receipt of your application, a member of the Solutions to Violence team will contact you to schedule an interview. We look forward to hearing from you soon and working with you in the future!


Questions? Please contact:

Erica Elliott

Sexual Assault and Prevention Services Program Manager

(408) 776-6246