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Be a PS417 First Responder

Our domestic violence first response volunteers are tough, dedicated, fearless HEROES. We respond when survivors need us most. We support victims in immediate crisis.

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The PS417 First Responder Program


What’s It Like to Volunteer for SafeNest?

Be a SafeNest first responder.

If you’re looking to make a difference and make meaningful, direct impact with individuals in crisis, we invite you to join our family of SafeNest Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV). We respond when survivors need us most and support victims in immediate crisis.

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The First Response Process

First Responders: The Process

Volunteer Requirements

Before you become a SafeNest volunteer, you’ll need to make sure you fit the following requirements:

  • Must be 21 years old or older

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Reliable vehicle/transportation

  • Possess a smartphone

  • Attend 8-hour DV Academy training and complete 3 ride-along shifts

  • Commit to three 4-hour shifts per month

  • Clean criminal history (complete a background check as part of DV Academy)

The Domestic Violence Academy (DV Academy)

The DV Academy is an immersive training combining classroom and in-field experience. Each training session is called a cohort and consists of one class and 3 shifts of shadowing first responder advocates in our PS417 program. Cohorts (classes) are led by subject matter advocates/experts and mental health professionals.

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