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Building Capacity to Prevent Domestic Violence

What is Capacity Building and Why is it Necessary?

The field of domestic violence prevention is emerging. Along with this, comes the need to engage in ongoing capacity building. Capacity building is the process of developing and strengthening skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources. It is a necessary component of growing the field of violence prevention, as well as building a strong foundation for individuals and organizations to successfully and effectively design, plan, implement and evaluate their prevention efforts.

DCADV is Here to Help

DCADV is engaged in building prevention capacity throughout the First State in a variety of ways:  training, technical assistance, and workforce development.

Prevention Training

DCADV is recognized as a leading source of prevention training on a wide variety of topics such as:

  • Prevention 1.0:  An Introduction to Prevention and Social Change
  • Prevention 2.0:  Working Together to Impact Multiple Forms of Violence
  • Evidence-Based Prevention Approaches
  • Program Outcomes and Evaluation
  • Prevention for Adolescents
  • Engaging Men in Violence Prevention

DCADV offers prevention training through various modalities like workshops and conferences, custom on-site sessions, and webinars or web-based learning.

Technical Assistance

As Delaware’s federally recognized domestic violence coalition, DCADV provides technical assistance on a broad spectrum of topics related to domestic violence, including prevention.  Technical assistance (TA) is the process of providing targeted support to an organization with a development need or problem. It is commonly referred to as consulting. TA may be delivered in many different ways, such as one-on-one consultation, small group facilitation, or virtual meetings.  

Technical assistance is available to support: individual learning and development; organizational capacity development; or development of policies and practices. DCADV provides technical assistance to support individual and organizational capacity and engagement in domestic violence prevention.

Workforce Development

Research demonstrates that a core principle of effective prevention is development and support of well-trained staff.  To support integration of prevention into Delaware’s domestic violence programs and services, DCADV is engaged in two programs designed to cultivate Delaware’s workforce: DCADV’s Domestic Violence Specialist Certification (DVS) and the University of Delaware’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Services (DVPS) Concentration and Minor

Delaware Domestic Violence Specialist (DVS) Certification

Delaware Domestic Violence Specialist (DVS) certification was established by DCADV to both recognize and enhance the skills of advocates and service providers working in the field of intimate partner violence. The certification process helps to ensure standards of training and service are consistently high for those working in Delaware’s Domestic Violence system. In 2016, DCADV launched a prevention-focused certification and restructured DVS certification into three separate tracks for certification: 

  • Domestic Violence Direct Service/Systems Advocacy Certification
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Certification
  • Domestic Violence Dual Certification (Direct Service/Systems Advocacy and Prevention)
University of Delaware Domestic Violence Prevention and Services (DVPS) Concentration and Minor

DVPS, a program of the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware, prepares students for a range of careers focused on domestic violence.  The program is the only one of its kind available to undergraduates in the United States, and was developed in conjunction with the certification and training curriculum of DCADV.  The DVPS concentration combines coursework and practical experience by partnering with local domestic violence agencies and state systems to offer concentration students the opportunity to participate in internships and a ten-week summer practicum.

For additional resources and information on prevention, please visit these national prevention websites: