Domestic Violence Advocates

Over 700 advocates are trained by the Network each year, ensuring victims receive professional, culturally competent services when moving from crisis to confidence.

Understanding domestic violence and its broad reach is essential to our mission. At The Network, we strengthen the community’s response to domestic violence by providing state-of-the-art training to community members, domestic violence advocates, and social service providers.

Today, The Network provides training on diverse topics that intersect with the experiences of all those impacted by domestic violence. 

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40 Hour Domestic Violence Training

The 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training is the state-required certificate training for new domestic violence professionals, including volunteers and interns. It is a stepping-stone for individuals who will be working directly with victims and survivors, and is the necessary first step to becoming an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals (ICDVP). The Network is an ICDVP approved training and supervision site.

Community Training

Our Training Offerings

These trainings are offered to the community and domestic violence advocates and cover emerging issues experienced by domestic violence victims.

Social Justice and DV Training Series

Last Friday of every month January – June 2019. Two hours. Cost: free.

The SJDV Training Series is a monthly forum for the personal and professional development of domestic violence providers and community members. Topics relate to current events, intersectional feminist frameworks, and anti-violence perspectives.

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Barriers to Leaving: Carceral Feminisms and the Criminalization of Survival

Two hours.

This training explores how criminalization and distrust of the legal system leaves many marginalized survivors trapped in violent relationships. Professionals will practice various empowerment practices as is relates to survivor-centered and –led service providing.

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Technical Assistance

The Network’s training and education staff 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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