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IPVA Certification Program

The Intimate Partner Violence Advocate (IPVA) Certification Program is a unique educational opportunity to increase your knowledge and to enhance your intervention skills with victims of all ages.

IPVA consists of five workshops. Objectives for each class are outlined in this (downloadable PDF). Professional credits are available! See details below.

All Classes are Six (6) hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Class Date Nursing
Contact Hours
Social Worker
Social Worker
DV101: Domestic Violence Intro Thursday, September 13, 2018 5.5 5.5 N/A 5.5
DV102: Understanding the Victim/Survivor Wednesday, October 10, 2018 N/A N/A 5.5 5.5
The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children Thursday, November 15, 2018 5.5 5.5 N/A 5.5
Teen Dating Abuse Tuesday, December 11, 2018 5.5 5.5 N/A 5.5
DV103: Advocacy & Community Response
Thursday, January 10, 2018 N/A N/A N/A 5.5
Addendum Class: Insights on Batterer Behavior
See below for information. N/A N/A N/A 5.0

Cost: $110 per class, OR $500 for all five in the series. Materials, certificate and light refreshments included.

Location: Training Facility of Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey, Church Street, New Brunswick, NJ

Seats Go Fast - Registration is Required

>> To reserve your spot and pay by check: Email us at Info@APartnershipforChange.org

>> To register and pay by credit card: Go to Eventbrite.

Important! Please note that:

  • DV101 or equivalent is prerequisite for DV103.
  • Classes may be taken individually, but all five classes are required for the IPVA Certification.
  • Training facility is wheelchair accessible; parking garage conveniently located across the street.

Insights on Batterer Behavior: Addendum Class (optional)

Each year, after the IPVA series is completed we offer Insights on Batterer Behavior for those who are interested in enhancing their knowledge about abusers in intimate partner relationships.

Please click here for a flier with details on this class.

Date: TBA (This class is usally held in March or April.)

Time: 10 AM to 4 PM

Cost: $110 per person (includes materials, certificate and light refreshments)

Location: Training Facility of Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey, Church Street, New Brunswick, NJ

Credits: Five (5) DVS (Domestic Violence Specialist) credits

Registration: Email us at Info@APartnershipforChange.org

About IPVA

1 in 4 women and 1 in 3 teenage girls are victims of intimate partner abuse and as many as 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence in the U.S. each year.

If you are a social worker, LPC, school counselor, Victim-Witness advocate, human resource professional, family service worker, clergy member, health care worker or CP&P employee, it is likely that you have or will work with someone who is affected by domestic violence.

  • Do you know how to respond?
  • Are you aware of the risk factors?
  • Do you know how to safety plan?
  • Are you aware of the resources for support?

In IPVA, you will acquire the practical tools and essential information you need to provide safe and effective support to victims. Since 2009, 250+ professionals have attended with 100% reporting on confidential evaluations that they would recommend IPVA to colleagues.

IPVA Testimonials

  • "This is the first training I've been to that actually shows us how to do the work."
  • "Excellent training. It is a must!" Dr. Elizabeth Pineros, PROCEED
  • "No matter how aware I thought I was, you opened my eyes in a few short months and changed my life forever." Amaranth Alleyne, Robin's Nest Community Services
  • "All of the classes helped me. I got a better understanding of what victims are going through, feeling and experiencing." E. Paterno, PCA-NJ
  • "This training significantly enhanced my confidence and capability to serve domestic violence victims and survivors." L.Tuazon, PROCEED

Participants include staff from Prevent Child Abuse NJ, Catholic Charities, Robin's Nest, CASA of NJ, Twin Oaks, Burlington County Dept. of Human Services, Kean University, the Camden, Somerset, and Cape May County Prosecutor's Office, Eagleville Hospital, school nurses and counselors, advocates from SOVWA from across the state and so many more. Comments on their evaluations included:

Information on Professional Credits (Nurses, Social Workers, LPC's, DVS)


  • 5.5 DVS (Domestic Violence Specialist) credits are awarded for EACH IPVA class
  • Credits authorized by the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV).


  • 5.5 contact hours awarded for DV101
  • 5.5 contact hours awarded for Effects on Children
  • 5.5 contact hours awarded for Teen Dating Abuse
  • This continuing nursing activity was approved by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers and LPCs:

  • 5.5 non-clinical credits awarded for DV101
  • 5.5 CLINICAL credits awarded for DV102
  • 5.5 non-clinical credits awarded for Effects on Children
  • 5.5 non-clinical credits awarded for Teen Dating Abuse
  • DV101 (Approval #161005-1130); DV102 (Approval # 161005-1132); Effects on Children (Approval #161005-1133); and Teen Dating Abuse (Approval #161005-1134) are approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NAWS-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Period: April 10, 2016 – August 31, 2018.

**Required steps for successful completion for all credits: Attendees must complete the entire class, complete the evaluation, and sign the attendance sheet.

The speakers and planners have nothing to disclose; there are no conflicts of interest, sponsorship, or financial/commercial support being supplied for these activities.

Workshops are based on best practices that acknowledge and respect the needs of victims from diverse populations.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NJSNA, APFC or ANCC for any commercial products or services.