We can’t reduce violence on our own. We need YOU!
It will take our entire community to partner in violence prevention efforts.
If you’re interested in volunteering your time and skills, we have several volunteer opportunities available.

Become A Certified Crisis Intervention Peer Counselor

Interested in working directly with survivors of domestic and sexual violence? All our staff and volunteers who provide direct supportive services must undergo a 72 hour Crisis Intervention Training to become a certified peer counselor. We offer this training a few times a year in-person at our Client Service Center. 

About The Training

The training is certified by the California Office Of Emergency Services (CalOES). It meets the certification requirements as a Counselor/Advocate for our domestic violence and sexual assault service agency (Community Beyond Violence in Grass Valley, CA) under Section 18294 of the California State Welfare and Institutions Codes and Section 13837 of the Penal Code.

The Spring 2024 training is currently being organized. Please email info@cbv.org if you are interested in getting on the email list to be notified about the schedule and details when it becomes available.

Why Take This Training

We live in very challenging and dangerous times. Oftentimes it is difficult to know how to help. Engaging and giving back to those in crisis and need can help with those sentiments of “but what can I do about all of this?”

Sometimes survivors who are beyond their traumatic experiences wish to take the course to learn more about the topics. Knowledge is power. It can be healing to learn, understand, and put language to the unspoken.

What You Will Learn

Topics include:

Domestic violence 101: What is DV, history, cycle of violence, statistics, red flags
Dilemmas in leaving an abusive relationship
Survivor centered, trauma informed principles and techniques
Impact of DV on Children and Youth
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
Cultural considerations in providing services to marginalized populations
California evidence and penal codes
Understanding and responding to elder abuse
Nevada County Family Court Services
Sexual Violence 101: What is SV, history, consent, myths and realities
Title IX in educational institutions
Child sexual abuse
Law enforcement’s investigation procedures
Forensic medical exams
and more!

We bring in local experts in the field. Guest speakers include:

Victim Witness Assistance Center
Nevada County Superior Court Judge
Law Enforcement
Nevada County Suicide Prevention
District Attorney’s Office
Therapy Provider, MFT
Child Welfare Services
and More!


Once certified, you will be able to provide direct client services at our client service center, our emergency shelter, or help provide coverage for our 24 hr crisis line. More importantly, you will become an advocate for those you interact with every day who may be struggling with violence in their own lives. You will understand and know how to support!


Other Volunteer Opportunities

We have other volunteer opportunities available for those who do not necessarily want to work directly with clients.  

Things we always need extra hands for:

Folding and stuffing newsletters
Office clerical work
Help with moving clients in and out of housing or shelter
Yard work and maintenance at our emergency shelter
Fundraiser event help
Sorting through item donations

For questions or more information, contact: