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Training and Certification



DCADV is recognized as a leader in domestic violence training for advocates, criminal and civil justice personnel, and social service staff, reaching over 1,700 participants each year. Training initiatives include an annual conference, a semi-annual DV101 training, and issue-specific workshops on topics such as dating violence, health care response, and lethality assessment.

Domestic Violence 101 Training

DV101 is held semi-annually for two days in the Spring and Fall. This training introduces new domestic violence advocates and others from the community to the basics of serving and working with victims and survivors of domestic violence. It provides an overall understanding of domestic violence and teaches effective advocacy skills that support safety and empowerment. DV101 features information on domestic violence history, prevalence, dynamics, advocacy, intervention, resources, and legal remedies and information. Read more about DV101

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Annual Advocates' Retreat

This two-day annual conference features national, regional, and local speakers on topics ranging from providing services to economic justice issues. The Retreat is held each Spring/Summer and brings together advocates from the domestic violence and sexual assault communities, as well as representatives from the criminal justice system, social services, health and human services, and members from the mental health, disabilities, and faith communities. 

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Training Upon Request

Topics vary depending upon audience and need, but can cover basic domestic violence knowledge, prevention, intervention, risk assessment, safety planning, psychosocial issues, legal issues, working with special populations, cultural competency, children's issues, and current trends.

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Who Can Participate

  • Advocates and Service Providers
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Community at Large

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To learn more about any of our trainings, or to schedule a training, please contact our Training and Prevention Specialist at or call 302.658.2958.

Financial assistance may be available to eligible participants.

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Pending the availability of funds, DCADV will consider requests for partial scholarships covering 50% of the registration fee only (excludes lodging and travel expenses). Scholarships will be based on documented need and will be prioritized based on the following:

  • DCADV Member Organizations
  • Victims / Survivors
  • DCADV Certified DV Specialists
  • DCADV Supporting Individual Members or staff person from a DCADV Supporting Organization (limited to one staff person per Supporting Organization per event.)

Applicants must identify their membership in one or more of the above-mentioned categories, the training event they would like to attend, and document their financial need for a scholarship in order to attend such an event. Please contact DCADV for more information on how to submit a written request.

Access our scholarship application

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Cancellations / Refunds

Please note that in order to receive refunds or credits, registered participants must notify the DCADV Training and Prevention staff no later than six business days before the scheduled training. Otherwise, all registrants, including no-shows, will not be eligible for a refund, and any registrants who have not prepaid will receive an invoice. Registrants receiving DCADV Training Scholarships are subject to the same policy and are not eligible for cancellation refunds or credits for the scholarship portion of their registration costs.

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The DCADV Domestic Violence Specialist Certification is a voluntary program designed to recognize the skills of advocates and service providers working in the field of domestic violence prevention. The certification process helps ensure uniformity in domestic violence services throughout the State of Delaware through the use of consistent standards of training and service that can be applied in work with both victims and perpetrators.

In 2011, DCADV partnered with the University of Delaware to expand the pool of well-trained advocates by creating a Domestic Violence Concentration as part of the Women’s Studies academic program. Coursework will reflect the training requirements for DCADV Domestic Violence Specialist Certification and will provide funding for student internships, helping students meet some of the eligibility requirements for certification.

Eligibility requirements include the following: completing 70 clock hours of approved specific Education and Training; providing 2,000 hours of Direct Service; and undergoing 12 hours of Supervised Field Experience by a Certified Delaware DCADV Domestic Violence Specialist.

In order to maintain Certification, DV Specialists must complete 24 hours of Education and Training and must apply for recertification before the end of the two-year period. To request an application or learn more about this process, contact our Training and Prevention Specialist at or call 302.658.2958.

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Certification Documents

The Application and Booklet are designed to be printed double sided to conserve paper. However, the files may also be printed single sided.
Information Booklet
Initial Application
Recertification Application
Recertification Evaluation
Applicant Self Evaluation
Supervisor Evaluation
Colleague Evaluation
Local Community Agency Evaluation

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Payment can be made by check or credit card. Checks should be made out to “DCADV” and mailed to:

Attn: Training and Prevention Specialist
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 903
Wilmington, DE 19801

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