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Domestic Violence Advocate Training

This 4 day comprehensive training was developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) to provide professionals with in-depth information about working in the field of domestic violence. The training emphasizes victim safety, victim empowerment, abuser accountability, and a comprehensive systems response to domestic violence. Partnering with local domestic violence programs and utilizing local programs and resources is emphasized and local experts are often called upon to present throughout the training.

This training was developed for professionals from a variety of different fields who encounter domestic violence in their work. Types of professionals who have benefitted from the training include:

  • Domestic violence program staff
  • Sexual assault program staff
  • Crime victim advocates
  • Legal advocates
  • Attorneys
  • Counselors
  • Court staff
  • Social workers
  • Health care professionals
  • Social services staff
  • Faith leaders
  • Law enforcement staff

Topics covered in the training include:

  • Domestic Violence Dynamics and Empowerment Advocacy
  • Victim-Centered Safety Planning
  • Effects of Trauma and Trauma-Informed Services
  • Legal Advocacy and Legal Options
  • Child Witnessing and Teen Dating Abuse
  • Elder Abuse and Abuse of People who have Disabilities
  • Minority Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities
  • Immigration Status, Language, Religion, Ethnicity, and Cultural Aspects
  • Vicarious Trauma and Burnout
  • National and State Resources

The Advocate Training is offered several times a year at select regions of Maryland in partnership with the local domestic violence program and its community partners. Each attendant receives a binder of resources and information, a certificate of attendance, and they can receive Social Work Continuing Education Credits. The Advocate Training can be adapted for specific audiences and held at your location for a fee. If you are interested in scheduling the 4 day Advocate Training, please submit a training request with your information here Training and Education.