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Building Capacity

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.

  • Training

    DCADV offers trainings on the foundations of prevention work. We also offer trainings that address the main priority areas of our prevention work: fostering safety, health, and wellbeing for youth; and improving economic opportunities. For more information or to request a training, contact

  • Technical Assistance

    Technical assistance (TA) is the process of offering support, guidance, and resources. If you have questions about how to implement a prevention program, how to evaluate it, or want to talk through some of the challenges you're facing in your prevention work, we are here to help.

  • Workforce Development

    One of the principles of effective prevention is having staff/volunteers who are competent and have received sufficient training, support, and supervision. [M. Nation,, 2003]. DCADV works with University of Delaware to host prevention practicum/intern students to give them first-hand experience in prevention work. DCADV also offers a number of trainings to those already working in the field to stay up-to-date on best practices in the field.

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