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Bellingham DVSASDomestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS)

Advocate for survivors of domestic violence as they navigate the criminal justice system!

Volunteer at:

  • Bellingham Police Department
  • Whatcom County Sheriff's Office
  • Whatcom County Prosecutor's Office or
  • City Attorney's Office.

Training at Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services begins June 12th. Call Nikki Schormann (DVSAS Hotline Program Coordinator), at 671-5714 or check for more information. Other volunteer & internship opportunities are available.

Lummi NationLummi Nation Tribal Court has internship opportunities!

We are looking for individuals to work on the following projects:

  1. Develop fact sheets for civil court forms that will help people who do not have attorneys fill out paperwork for filing with the court. Under the supervision of the Chief Judge, the intern will review the civil court forms, work with the Chief Judge to understand how the court uses the forms, view court hearings that involve proceedings based upon the forms, and then draft fact sheets for each court form that will be available for the community. While there are many court forms that people use, we need fact sheets for the most commonly used forms, which are Petitions for Dissolution of Marriage, Child Custody and Parenting Plans, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and Civil Complaints.
  2. Conduct a review of a random sampling of child welfare cases over the last five years to look at a) basis for the opening of the child welfare case, b) services identified as needs for the parents and children, c) services actually provided, and d) long term outcomes. This internship will require that the student have some demonstrated experience in data collection and statistics. The intern will work under the supervision of the Chief Judge. This project could extend over the course of one to three quarters. This work will require that the intern sign a confidentiality agreement because child welfare cases are closed to the public.
  3. Work with the Chief Judge and the Lummi Healing to Wellness Drug Court Team to assist in the redevelopment of incentives and sanctions for drug court participants. The Lummi Tribal Court is reviewing and revitalizing the Drug Court program and seeks an intern to assist the Chief Judge in developing a new list of incentives and sanctions. This will require the intern review literature on Drug Courts as well as attend at least two drug court meetings during the quarter. This project could extend over two quarters.

If you are interested in any of these internship possibilities, please contact Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Chief Judge/Assistant Professor at Fairhaven at

AttorneyAttorney General of Washington

Volunteers or Interns provide paralegal assistance at the Attorney Generals, including reviewing court orders, filing, calendaring dates, indexing and organizing records and preparing trial notebooks, for 8-15 hours a week for 3-6 months (1-2 quarters).


Contact: Polly Criscuola, Paralegal: (360) 738-6196; and check with for credit details.


The AG’s Consumer Resource Division also has openings for intern or volunteer Consumer Complaint Analysts.

Contact: Ruth Holbrook;

Skagit DVSASSKAGIT Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services (DV & SAS)

  • Office Assistant: Volunteers provide office support; performing various clerical office tasks, receptionist duties and crisis calls.
  • Legal Advocacy: Legal advocate volunteers assist clients with the legal process by helping to complete protection order forms and accompanying the victim to court hearings or court watch.
  • Crisis Line: Volunteers provide crisis intervention, resource information and referrals to Hot-Line callers who need assistance.
  • Shelter Advocacy: Volunteers can assist the shelter staff by providing advocacy and support services to the shelter residents by sitting with a client who just needs someone to listen. Volunteers also help shelter staff with maintenance tasks.
  • Child Advocacy: Volunteers can provide support to mothers and children during their stay in shelter. Play with children, bake cookies, read books, facilitate art groups, etc.
  • Education: Volunteers can co-facilitate educational groups and presentations in local middle schools, high schools, detention centers, drop-in centers, and other teen groups.
  • Awareness Events: Volunteers can assist with informational health/educational fairs and presentations in our community (high schools, colleges, community organizations, etc.)
  • Fund Raising: Help with event planning of events such as The Bay View Women’s Run, Women Riding For Women, and the Annual Auction.


*Note: All volunteers are supervised by Skagit DVSAS staff. 42-hour advocate training, which we provide free of charge, begins October 24th and ends November 21st, and students who wish to intern winter or spring quarter would be welcome to attend this training.



Colleen Connors: (Colleen is 2007 Alumni of Fairhaven College!)

Education and Volunteer Coordinator

Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services

1521 B Leigh Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273



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