40-Hour Training

What is the 40-Hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training?

The 40-Hour Domestic Violence Advocate training gives basic knowledge from which to build expertise and experience of options available to battered individuals, understanding of the dynamics of battering, and a philosophy of empowerment. The goals on the training include understanding the dynamics of domestic violence, becoming familiar with the resources and procedures, and develop a realistic attitude towards helping those affected. This is achieved through lectures, on-line course modules, films, group activities and Q&A. Safe + Sound Somerset offers the training two times a year in the Spring and Fall.

Introduction to Domestic Violence

  • Social and Historical Perspectives
  • Introduction to the Agency

Victims and Survivors: Ways People Respond to Abuse

  • The Victim Responses
  • Dynamics of Domestic Abuse
  • Power and Control
  • Survivors Panel

Understanding People Who Abuse

  • Common Traits and Risk Factors
  • Types of Abuse

Power, Privilege and Barriers to Service: Racism, Homophobia, Elder Abuse and Domestic Abuse

Legal Response

  • The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act
  • Court Advocacy
  • Domestic Violence Response Teams
  • Introduction to Marital and Family Law

Substance Abuse and Domestic Abuse

  • Addictions
  • Social Perspectives
  • Recovery & Rehabilitation
  • Prevention
  • Substance Abuse & the Effects on Children
  • Communications

Trauma & Recovery

Domestic Abuse and Children

  • Dynamics
  • Effects
  • Prevention

Communication Skills for Empowerment

  • Goals and Non-Goals
  • Communication Techniques

Volunteer Opportunities

  • A Review of the Volunteer Opportunity Job Descriptions
  • Recruitment and Enlistment

Values and Ethics: Confidentiality

  • Understanding Confidentiality
  • Client/Counselor Privilege
  • Code of Ethics

Crisis Intervention and Advocacy

  • A Review of Training
  • Completion of Training