Casa de la Familia (CDLF) has been awarded a grant from the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, Homeland Security and Public Safety to work with the Los Angeles Police Department's Domestic Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.). You can find one of our D.A.R.T. advocates in the Olympic, Pacific, West Los Angeles, Rampart and Wilshire Police Stations.
DART's mission is to foster and promote coordinated responses to address domestic violence victims’ and their children’s needs for crisis intervention, safety and wraparound support necessary to end the violence and work towards a healthy violence free life. As a domestic violence service provider, CDLF advocates respond to domestic violence calls, and providing victim's with direct resources, as well as being available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention.
Casa de la Familia advocates are readily available during peak crime hours. Our advocates are also on stand by 24 hours a day to respond to calls outside operational hours. Advocates are both physically and emotionally present for the victim and their family after the initial moments of the occurrence of the crime, and utilize their professional experience and training to support them in every way possible. In addition to providing crisis intervention, DART advocates act as case managers for victims, providing them with guidance on their road to healing. Additional services provided by our DART advocate team include, but are not limited to:
Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week for 1 year after successfully completing a 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate training. Hours will be established between the intern, the supervisor, and the program director with consideration to the intern's schedule and the needs of survivors. DART will also work closely with interns to fulfill school requirements, if applicable.
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