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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

**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

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


2023 40-Hour Session Dates:

February 2023 – SESSION IS CLOSED –

Tuesday, February 6 from 8:30am-3:30pm
Thursday, February 8 from 8:30am-3:30pm
Saturday, February 10 from 8:00am-3:30pm

June 2023

Tuesday, June 6 from 3:30pm-10:00pm
Thursday, June 8 from 3:30pm-10:00pm
Saturday, June 10 from 8:00am-3:30pm

September 2023

Tuesday, September 5 from 3:30pm-10:00pm
Thursday, September 7 from 3:30pm-10:00pm
Saturday, September 9 from 8:00am-3:30pm

November 2023

Monday, November 6 from 8:30am-3:30pm
Wednesday, November 8 from 8:30am-3:30pm
Friday, November 11 from 8:30am-3:30pm


40-Hour Training Location:

February Training Location:

Waukegan Police Department – Training Room (Door 7)
110 N. West St.
Waukegan, IL 60085

June, September, and November Training Location:

Gorton Community Center
400 East Illinois Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045

**Location is subject to change based on number of participants**

For more information, please contact the Outreach Department
847-731-7165 ext. 1401

    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
    Discounts may be available for partner organizations and fee waivers may be available for individuals under financial hardship. Please contact Rosalba at 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 or calling (847) 731-7165, ext. 103.
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