Training Catalog

Current Training Classes

All trainings will take place at 1 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1630 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 Network’s 40-Hour is considered a model training program. Evidence-based popular education is practiced throughout, and all sessions are led by a team of local experts that use strengths-based and trauma-informed approaches. The training begins by grounding professionals in the philosophical frameworks 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 respond to victims and survivors. Individuals must attend all required sessions in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Topics covered include:

  • Foundations & Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • IDVA & other Legal Concerns
  • Empowerment Advocacy & Counseling
  • Safety Planning & Basic Crisis Intervention
  • Partner Abuse Intervention Strategies
  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
  • Social justice topics including: reproductive rights, housing instability, disability justice and criminalization
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Mental Wellness & Substance Use Issues
  • Heterosexism & Domestic Violence in LGBTQI+ Relationships
  • Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue
  • And much more!

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

Social Justice and Domestic Violence 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.

Register Today!

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.

Registration information available soon. 


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