PREP is a program for law enforcement professionals that provides practical information on responding to domestic violence calls. PREP classes are FREE. We provide materials and certificate of completion. Scroll down for upcoming classes and additional information.

The Goals of PREP

Help police officers to identify and respond to the needs of victims

Improve law enforcement officers' communication with victims

Reduce the repeat domestic abuse incidents within the same household

Connect victims to critical support services

Class Dates & Times

See below for upcoming classes & check back often as we update the schedule.

TO REGISTER: Please email us at, and include your name, department, date of class you want to attend and contact information (phone and email).


Teen Dating Abuse

John H. Stamler Police Academy
1776 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, NJ

  • December 20, 2023, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Non-Fatal Strangulation

Middlesex Police Academy
11 Patrol Road, Edison NJ

  • January 17, 2024, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children


  • February 8, 2024, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Additional Info

Overview of PREP Topics:

  • Understanding the Victim of Domestic Violence: Best practices for responding to victims; identify the emotional and behavioral impact of abuse on adults; recognize issues that prevent victims from leaving; risk & lethality assessments; safety planning; local resources for referral/support.

  • The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children: Discussion of the impact of DV on children; appropriate intervention techniques to help children at the scene; supporting the non-offending parent; safety planning; and resources for referral.

  • Teen Dating Abuse: Review of the warning signs that a teen may be a victim or abuser; unique barriers teen face concerning disclosure; effective intervention techniques to help teens; and resources for referral.

  • Insights on Batterer Behavior: Discussion of how battering is used to maintain power and control over a victim; standard characteristics of a batterer; a review of batterer intervention programs; and theories re batterers who murder their partners.

  • Non-Fatal Strangulation (NFS):NFS is one of the most lethal forms of IPV as unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes. Discussion on how to ID obvious and the inconspicuous signs of NFS; pertinent questions to ask about symptoms of NFS; understanding the delayed consequences of NFS; and how to assess for TBI (traumatic brain injury).

PREP classes are held on a rolling basis at the police academies in Mahwah, Scotch Plains, Edison, and Freehold. We also hold classes via Zoom webinar.

PREP is free of charge; we provide materials and certificate of completion.

**Registration is REQUIRED: Please email us at PREP to reserve your spot. Please include the name of your department and the best email and phone number to be reached at. If you are registering more than one officer, please include all names and emails.