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Training Catalog

Current Training Classes

All trainings will take place remotely unless otherwise specified. Pre-registration is required. If you would like to see a training on a specific topic, please answer our CTI needs survey here.

Please reach out to Danielle Boachie, CTI Training Manager, with any questions: dboachie@batteredwomensnetwork.org.

40-Hour Domestic Violence Training

The 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training is the basic 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. The training is also open to anyone who would like to learn how to address domestic violence in their own communities.

The Network’s 40-Hour is considered a model training program. Evidence-based education is practiced throughout, and all sessions are led by a team of experts that use strengths-based and trauma-informed approaches. The training begins by grounding participants in the foundations and dynamics of the gender-based violence movement. Skill-building activities help participants engage in not only intervention strategies, but models of prevention and transformation. Participants will leave with a comprehensive understanding of domestic violence, and the best practices to safely and appropriately support victims and survivors. Individuals must attend all required sessions in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Topics covered include:

  • Empowerment Advocacy & Counseling
  • Safety Planning & Basic Crisis Intervention
  • Partner Abuse Intervention Strategies
  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
  • Reproductive justice
  • Housing instability
  • Disability justice
  • Criminalization of survivors
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Mental Wellness & Substance Use Issues
  • IDVA & other Legal Concerns
  • Heterosexism & Domestic Violence in LGBTQIA+ Relationships
  • Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue
  • And much more!

To register for our next session, visit our registration page.

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