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Please note that we are enacting the following modifications to IPVA this year for the safety of attendees:

  1. We are accepting registrations for the full series (all five classes) only.
  2. We are limiting space to only 10 attendees in order to maintain social distancing.
  3. We will provide hand sanitizer.
  4. We will provide a mask for when you use the common areas in the building.

We, like many of you, are concerned about the increasing danger to victims of domestic violence who are not safe at home during this time. We've heard from first-line helpers that they want to be well-prepared to provide the support victims need; subsequently, we are scheduling live IPVA classes in the fall with the aforementioned modifications.

In the event that stay-at-home orders are re-enacted, we will notify registrants immediately and make decisions whether we'll make these classes web-based, move the series to Spring 2021, or refund registration in full.

We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well at this time.

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 General
CE Credits
CE Credits
CE Credits
DV101: Domestic Violence Intro TBA 5.5 N/A 5.5
DV102: Understanding the Victim/Survivor TBA N/A 4.5 1.0 5.5
The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children TBA 5.5 N/A 5.5
Teen Dating Abuse TBA 5.5 N/A 5.5
DV103: Advocacy & Community Response
TBA N/A N/A 5.5
Addendum Class: Insights on Batterer Behavior
TBA N/A N/A 5.0

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

New Location: Holiday Inn, 36 Valley Road, Clark, NJ (conveniently located right off of the GSP).

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: Click here to go to Eventbrite.

Important! Please note that:

  • DV101 or equivalent is prerequisite for DV103.
  • All five classes are required for the IPVA Certification.
  • On-site free parking; facility is wheelchair accessible.

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 (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).

Social Workers and LPCs

CE Approval Collaborative Information:

  • 5.5 general CE credits for DV101
  • 4.5 general CE credits and 1.0 social/cultural competence CE credits for DV102
  • 5.5 general CE credits for Effects of DV on Children
  • 5.5 general CE credits for Teen Dating Abuse
  • DV101 (Approval #200804-1418); DV102 (Approval #200804-1531); Effects on Children (Approval #201004- 1129); and Teen Dating Abuse (Approval #201004 -1621) 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: June 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022.