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State of Delaware Professional Training Services



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.

For any trainings provided by DCADV, attendees are able to earn training hours toward Delaware Domestic Violence Specialist Certification.  For more information on certification, please click here.

For more information or to schedule trainings, please contact our Training & Outreach Coordinator at or 302-658-2958.

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Domestic Violence 101 Training


DCADV offers a semi-annual two-day Domestic Violence 101 (DV101) Training.  DV101 is the Coalition’s signature training event and attracts a multidisciplinary audience from across the state.  Participants typically include domestic violence service providers, nonprofit organizations, law enforcement agencies, and state employees working on issues ranging from behavioral health services to human resources to the criminal justice system.  DV101 provides an overview of the dynamics and prevalence of domestic violence, and teaches participants effective advocacy skills that support safety and empowerment across systems.  Topics covered during the training include:


  • History & Culture of Domestic Violence
  • Dynamics of Abusive Relationships
  • Empowerment Advocacy
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety Planning
  • Community Resources
  • Criminal Justice and Civil Justice Systems
  • Protection from Abuse Orders
  • Trauma-Informed Services
  • Prevention & Social Change

Read more about DV101

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Annual Advocates' Retreat and Conference

This two-day annual conference features national, regional, and local speakers on topics addressing a wide variety of issues related to domestic violence intervention and prevention.  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. 

Learn more about our upcoming Advocates' Retreat and Conference.

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State of Delaware Professional Training Services

DCADV is an approved vendor for the State of Delaware’s Professional Training Services Contract No. GSS-16659 through 3/31/19.  Please click here to view a list of approved course offerings.

Training Upon Request

DCADV is available to provide training upon request to agencies, organizations, and groups.  These trainings can be tailored to meet the needs of each audience.  Trainings may cover a wide variety of topics related to domestic violence prevention and intervention.  For a list of our most commonly requested trainings, please see our training menu (coming soon!).  

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Training Fees and Financial Assistance

As a non-profit agency, DCADV requests reimbursements for staff travel expenses incurred as part of our training and technical assistance efforts.  DCADV’s mileage reimbursement policy is based on the current federal rate of $0.535/mile as of January 1, 2017.   Memberships and donations to DCADV are also appreciated to support our coalition and task forces, and our wide array of advocacy, policy, training and prevention programs.  However, DCADV is dedicated to helping Delaware communities effectively respond to and prevent domestic violence, and remains committed to this effort regardless of our partners’ resource limitations.

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Scholarships for DCADV Training Events

Financial assistance may be available to eligible participants.  Pending the availability of funds, DCADV will consider requests for partial scholarships covering up to 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 affiliations:

  • DCADV Member Program Staff
  • DCADV Task Force Members
  • Victims/Survivors
  • DCADV Certified DV Specialists
  • DCADV Supporting Individual Members
  • Staff person from a DCADV Supporting Organization (limited to one staff person per Supporting Organization per event)

DCADV’s Scholarship Application can be found here.  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. For assistance with financial assistance, please contact DCADV at 302-658-2958 or

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, Prevention, & Outreach Team by phone (302-658-2958) or email ( 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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For over 15 years, DCADV has recognized individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and best practices in domestic violence services. In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the importance of prevention practices, in addition to intervention services. To reflect the changing landscape of the domestic violence field, we have expanded the DVS Certification Program to recognize those improving conditions and eliminating domestic/intimate partner violence at all levels!  

Domestic Violence Specialist Certifications Available:

  • Direct Service/Systems Advocacy: This certification continues to recognize the dedication to quality service provision, as well as a commitment to improving Delaware's systems for victims/survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence.
  • Prevention: This new certification track recognizes the valuable work done by those working to prevent and eliminate domestic/intimate partner violence by addressing the root causes at the individual, relationship, community, and/or societal levels
  • Dual Certification: We recognize that intervention and prevention work do not exist in silos. For those whose work experience has incorporated direct service, systems advocacy, and prevention, Dual Certification is an option for you! 

What are the requirements to become certified?

  • No history of violent behavior for 5 (five) years; review of complete criminal and substance abuse history. 
  • Submit a Criminal Background Check from the State of Delaware, state of residence, and state of employment
  • Abide by the Professional Code of Ethics of the Delaware Domestic Violence Specialist.
  • Complete 2,000 hours of service in their area of practice (direct services/systems advocacy and/or prevention). 
  • Complete 70 clock hours (110 clock hours for Dual Certification) of Training and Education with documentation. 
  • Complete 12 hours of mentoring sessions with a DCADV Certified Domestic Violence Specialist.
  • Request 4 (four) evaluations be submitted; one each from the applicant, a supervisor, a colleague, and a local community agency. 

For more details about the certification process and requirements, please download and review the Domestic Violence Specialist Initial Application Information Booklet and Initial Application Form.  If you have any questions regarding the Certification process, please email or call 302-658-2958 ext. 15.

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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.  All forms are in PDF format and may be filled in electronically. 

DVS Certification Webinar Recording (recorded June 7, 2017)

     Initial Applicants

Initial Application Information Booklet

Initial Application Form (note: Application has been updated so users may save/edit the fillable form with Adobe Reader.)

Training Log (PDF version) (note: Applicants may also use their own version of a training log in Word, Excel, etc. as long as it contains the same information as the log in the application.)

Training Log (Excel version) 

Evaluation From a Coworker/Colleague

Evaluation from a Local Community Agency

Evaluation from a Supervisor

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*Note: The Training Log and Evaluation Forms are also included within the Initial Application Form. 

     Recertification Applicants

Recertification Application Form

Training Log (PDF version)

Training Log (Excel version)

Evaluation Form

*Note: The Training Log and Evaluation Form are also included within the Recertification Application Form.


Payment can be made by check or credit card. To pay by card, please click here.

Checks should be made out to “DCADV” and mailed to:

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

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