40 Hour Domestic Violence Training

The purpose of the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence 40-hour Training is to educate Illinois professionals, including A Safe Place staff, volunteers, and interns, to appropriately and safely respond to domestic violence and to raise awareness to prevent further violence throughout the community.

The training covers:

  • Dynamics of DV
  • Empowerment Counseling
  • Criminal and Civil Legal Issues
  • Safety Planning
  • Risk Assessment
  • Confidentiality
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Impact of DV on Children
  • Introduction to Partner Abuse Intervention Strategies
  • Connection to Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Dynamics within LGBTQ Communities
  • Elder Abuse
  • Supporting People with Disabilities
  • Self and Community Care
  • And more!

40-Hour Requirement

40-hour certification is necessary to provide services in Illinois for survivors of domestic violence, including volunteer work with clients. Participants who take part in the full 40 hours of instruction in the required topics and successfully complete the final assessment will receive a certificate of completion.

20 hours of training are completed individually online and the remaining 20 hours are completed in a classroom setting. The 20 online hours MUST BE COMPLETED before the first classroom session and confirmation presented to the instructor either via email or in person.

If you HAVE NOT completed your 20 hours of online training before the first in-person class, you will not be able to attend the classroom training sessions.

A Safe Place is an approved training site of the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals Board (ICDVP). ICDVP has established required training topics, fees, and minimum time frames. This is the first step toward becoming and Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP).

Training Fee

Fee (per person): $400*

*Financial Hardship Scholarships may be available for committed volunteers. Please fill out the Financial Hardship Scholarship Application and email the form to rgarcia@asafeplaceforhelp.org.

**Upon completion of 100 hours of volunteer service within 1 year of certification, $125 will be reimbursed upon written request by A Safe Place to individuals who paid the full $400 training fee.

Registration Process:

You may register online below or by filling out the 40 Hour Individual Registration form and emailing the form to rgarcia@asafeplaceforhelp.org.

Once we receive the registration form and payment, you will receive instructions on how to begin registration with ICADV.

2019 40-Hour Session Dates:

February 2019
Tuesday, February 12 from 5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday, February 14 from 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, February 16 from 9:00am-5:30pm

June 2019
Tuesday, June 11 from 4:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday, June 13 from 4:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, June 15 from 8:00am-5:30pm

September 2019
Tuesday, September 10 from 4:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday, September 12 from 4:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, September 14 from 8:00am-5:30pm

November 2019
Tuesday, November 12 from 4:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday, November 14 from 4:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, November 16 from 8:00am-5:30pm

September 2019 40-Hour Training Location:

A Safe Place, Zion Campus
2710 17th Street, Ste. 100
Zion, IL 60099


For more information, please contact the Outreach Department
847-731-7165 ext. 103

    We ask this question to ensure the safety of domestic violence victims due to the nature of information shared at the training. You may be required to submit to a background check. A criminal conviction does not necessarily disqualify you from participating in the training - this is assessed on an individual basis.
  • Price: $400.00 Quantity:
    Discounts may be available for partner organizations and fee waivers may be available for individuals under financial hardship. Please contact Rocio at rgarcia@asafeplaceforhelp.org or (847) 731-7165, ext. 103 for an application and more information. $125 will be reimbursed to you by A Safe Place upon completion of an internship or 100 hours of service within one year. Payment must be submitted to A Safe Place in order to begin the online modules. Payment arrangements can be made by contacting Rocio at rgarcia@asafeplaceforhelp.org or calling (847) 731-7165, ext. 103.
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