ADV’s Training Institute on Domestic Violence


ADV is excited to now offer online and in-person training opportunities to community advocates, professionals, and organizations looking to expand their awareness of domestic violence and to enhance their skillsets in assisting survivors of abuse. Our trainings and workshops have been developed by seasoned domestic violence practitioners to help empower both new and established advocates in their work to disrupt abuse and intervene effectively on behalf of survivors.

What sets ADV’s Training Insitute on Domestic Violence (TIDV) apart from other professional training programs? It is ADV’s mission to support advocates’ potential and professional growth with an expanded and nuanced understanding of the complexity of survivor experiences. It is also our commitment to empower advocates to wield their collective and personal power to interrupt abusive behaviors, practices, and societal attitudes maintaining violence and coercive control in our communities, agencies, and systems. 

40-Hour Training Program for Domestic Violence Victim Advocates


The Institute’s flagship program gives advocates, professionals, and community members fundamental knowledge from which to launch and inform ethical and transformative advocacy work with survivor populations. The 40-Hour training is open to all and is especially geared towards individuals and groups looking to volunteer or work directly with survivors of domestic violence at victim service agencies requiring victim privilege certification.

The training provides a comprehensive overview of domestic violence topics, including in-depth exploration of abuse dynamics in intimate relationships, the effects of abuse on diverse survivor populations, and anti-oppressive perspectives on abuse intervention and healing work. After completing 40 hours of training, participants will receive a certificate endorsed by ADV.

The training operates in a cohort model with both live virtual sessions and independent self-paced modules granting participants additional flexibility. We offer the training four times per year with varied weekday and weeknight options. Participants are required to participate in live virtual ZOOM sessions to receive credit.

Topics Include...

  • Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • The Continuum of Abuse
  • Trauma Responses to Violence
  • Values & Ethics for Survivor-Centered Advocates
  • Societal Attitudes on Violence
  • Anti-Oppressive Advocacy with Diverse Populations
  • Crisis Intervention, Assessment, & Safety Planning
  • Communication Skills for Victim Advocates
  • Domestic Violence Law in NJ
  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Children & Adolescents
  • Healing Work with Survivors
  • Abuse Intervention Programs
  • Communication Skills for Victim Advocates
  • Domestic Violence Law in NJ
  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Children & Adolescents
  • Healing Work with Survivors
  • Abuse Intervention Programs

Our 2024 seasonal schedule allows you to plan ahead

2024 sesonal schedule

Click here to download our 40-Hour Training Program Catalog with full training information, dates, and registration instructions.

To register for an upcoming training, fill out our online registration form

Custom Workshops & Trainings for Professionals & Organizations

PresentationOur training team is available to offer in-person and online workshops that geared towards individuals and groups looking to support survivors of domestic violence in social service, mental health, law enforcement, legal, or educational settings who do not need 40-Hour victim privilege certification.

Topics have included:

  • Domestic Violence 101
  • Positive Bystander Intervention Skills
  • Teen Dating Violence for Educators
  • Screening & Crisis Response Techniques
  • Survivor Advocacy in Mental Health
  • Supporting Survivor Parents
  • Coercive Control & Abuse Intervention
  • Coordinated Community Responses to Domestic & Sexual Violence
  • Digital Abuse & Tech Safety

… and much, much more!

To schedule a training or learn more information, fill out our online request form.

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Contact Us

Marisa Heluk


Division of Alternatives to Domestic Violence

One Bergen County Plaza  • 2nd Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076


24-hour Crisis Hotline: 201-336-7575 • Fax: 201-336-7555

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.