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Centralized Training Institute

Prevention & Intervention

Our Mission

In 1997, The Network launched the Centralized Training Institute (CTI) to respond to the on-going demand for professional domestic violence prevention and intervention training in Chicagoland. The trainings conducted by CTI are designed to improve the quality of domestic violence services provided to survivors by enhancing the understanding, expertise and skill sets of community members, advocates, organizers and professionals. CTI has three classrooms:


40 Hour Domestic Violence Training

The introductory certificate training required by the IDVA for new domestic violence professionals, including volunteers and interns.

Advanced Specialized Training

Professional development trainings to improve the skills and knowledge of domestic violence workers and programs.

Allied Professional Training

Professional development for communities, organizations and institutions that are interested in learning the dynamics of domestic violence and how to address it.

CTI is an official certified training site approved by the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP) Board and the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations to provide continuing education units (CEUs).

Innovative Education

Our Philosophy

The Centralized Training Institute provides innovative education by staying up to date with the changing needs and landscape of the anti-violence movement in Chicagoland and abroad to provide the best possible training programs. CTI is continuously improving and employing trauma-informed, culturally-humble best practices within our learning environment.

CTI recognizes that domestic violence does not occur in a vacuum; violence is directly influenced by the structural, institutional, societal and cultural dynamics that impact the interpersonal relationships of the survivor, the person who harmed, and the community they live in. Because of this, CTI is committed to working with anti-oppression frameworks driven by transformative justice values for all training and education provided. Our philosophy is based on these truths:

1. Domestic violence is caused by global systemic oppression, including misogyny, heterosexism, genderism, white supremacy, and socioeconomic inequities.

2. Education is driven by transformative justice values for eradicating violence that not only address specific situations of harm, but work to transform the conditions and social forces that made such harm possible.

3. Trainings combat violence by promoting community skill building, violence prevention and intervention, and survivor support via healing resources. Trainings also promote divestment from institutions that perpetuate inequality and violence to ensure further harm doesn’t occur.

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Technical Assistance

The Centralized Training Institute staff and educators can work with you and your organization to provide training and continuing education that meets your specific needs. Each consultancy project is unique and created to meet your organization’s requirement.

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