*Volunteer training 2018 began in May, we are not currently accepting new volunteers. If you wish to be contacted when dates are set for the 2019 training or have additional questions, please email volunteer@antiviolenceproject.org*

New volunteer intake happens once a year. Our next volunteer training begins in May 2018! Please read the information below and check out the applications form. If you have questions, please get in touch with the volunteer lead: .

We encourage people of all genders and abilities to apply. Our volunteer training is open to students, staff and community members; you do not have to be a UVic student to apply for our training. We provide all volunteers with information about gender-based violence and also about intersecting forms of violence, about prevention, support and outreach. Volunteering with us is an opportunity to contribute to community on and off campus, be involved in activism, learn a range of skills, and meet like-minded folks and form lasting friendships.

Training Dates for 2018

The 2018 Volunteer Training will be held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings during May, as well as biweekly Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings in Fall 2018 (dates will be determined during the Volunteer Training in May). Click here for more information on why we chose a May start date.

Every Tuesday evening for 3 hours (May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd)

Every Thursday evening for 3 hours (May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th)

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Gain or utilize analysis, knowledge, and awareness of gender-based and sexualized violence and the forms it takes
  • Gain skills to support and empower survivors and allies
  • Join a team of people committed to creating change on personal, community, institutional, and systemic levels
  • Learn about and utilize anti-oppressive and decolonizing practice in relation to anti-violence work
  • Experience personal development and growth
  • Receive approx 40 hours of training, including support, bystander intervention, violence prevention, and sex-positive education skills
  • Participate in ongoing training sessions throughout the year
  • Regular volunteer appreciation events
  • A written reference on request
  • Opportunities to be involved in campus life and community events as representatives of the Anti-Violence Project
  • Meet other like-minded individuals and form lasting friendships.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Available approx 24 hours in May and 15 hrs in the Fall.
  • Commit to volunteering an average of 1-3 hours/week from November to April
  • Have an open and respectful attitude
  • Have an intersectional feminist and anti-oppressive appreciation or alliance
  • Have willingness for self-reflection and accountability
  • Have the willingness to unlearn oppressive behaviours and challenge own assumptions
  • Have good interpersonal skills and/or willingness to receive feedback
  • Be comfortable working in a group setting
  • Have supports available in your life, as volunteering can be challenging
  • Be comfortable working with diverse populations (people of all genders and sexual orientations, people from various cultural backgrounds, people who have caused harm, men)
  • Respect people’s rights regarding contraceptive choice and reproductive freedom
  • Be “scent-free” during training and while volunteering

Volunteer Training – An Overview

After reviewing applications we may interview short-listed applicants as we only have 20 training spots available. We then invite successful candidates to attend our extensive and informative volunteer training. Topics covered in training include: colonization, sexualized violence and consent, bystander intervention, sex positivity and desire, gender beyond the binary, and self and community care. AVP’s training is done from an anti-colonial, intersectional framework.

We will conclude the training by having an exit interview to confirm that the volunteer and AVP’s work are a good fit. We ask volunteers to commit to working with AVP throughout the Fall and Spring term for an average 1 – 3 hr/week in various available volunteer roles which include: supporting survivors, allies, and people who’ve caused harm seeking crisis support and referrals, outreach initiatives that may include peer education, engaging groups through activities and table displays, research projects, writing blog posts or book reviews, helping with administration tasks, and facilitating workshops. We also collaborate and volunteer with many groups to commemorate, celebrate, resist, and protest in the form of marches, cultural events and gatherings, joint conferences or workshops.


AVP strives to be as accessible as possible but acknowledges we are far from being truly accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs not addressed below please contact us to discuss.

  • Applications can be submitted online or in person
  • Many buses are close by and bus tickets available at each session and can be mailed prior to the first session
  • Coloring, fidgeting, knitting, etc during workshop times encouraged if it’s helpful for you
  • Self-care encouraged
  • Childcare upon request
  • Transcription services upon request
  • Gender-inclusive washrooms
  • Volunteer training will be taking place the Student Union Building, exact rooms TBD
  • Training rooms are large in size and are mostly quiet but can be echoey and have lower levels of background noise including a fan
  • There will be chairs without arms available in each of the rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible training spaces and washrooms – please contact us for more specific information such as door widths.
  • The Student Union Building is a designated scent-free space, however we are using shared spaces for training and cannot guarantee no residual scents will be present
  • We strive to only use video with captioning
  • Food will be provided via potluck style with contributions from participants and AVP – there is no requirement to bring food
  • AVP has volunteer tasks that can be done from home but we currently have no way to make training available online. If you have ideas on how this might work pls do contact us. We’re excited to push our learning.

Connect with us about accessibility

We’d love to know what your accessibility needs are and how we can make this training accessible to you. Please contact us at 250.721.8080 or with questions, comments, or concerns.

Application, interview and reference checks

All volunteers are required to complete the 2018 AVP Volunteer Training Application form (see links below) which includes two references and submit it by end of day, April 17, 2018. After reviewing applications and contacting references, AVP staff will conduct interviews with selected individuals. Each year, AVP accepts a maximum of twenty volunteers, including volunteers returning from the previous school year.

Application form links

  • Fillable form in rtf format – can be opened with most word processing software including Open Office, Word, Text Edit, Libre Office
  • PDF format (to be printed and completed manually)

If another format is needed please email or call 250.721.8080 and we’ll do our best to meet your awesome needs!

We’re really excited to work and play with you this coming year!

~The AVP team~