40-Hour Domestic Violence Virtual Training
This training qualifies participants to volunteer within our various programs and can be a great “DV 101” resource for those who work with the community.
2023 Virtual Training Date via Zoom:
September 11-21, 2023 – Postponed.
Please check back for future training dates.
Who Can Benefit From This Training?
Volunteers, First Responders, County Employees, Healthcare Practitioners, Legal Professionals, Mental Health Workers, Social Workers, Faith Community Employees, Caregivers, Educators, Students, Employers, Property Managers, Hospitality Professionals, Human Resource Professionals, and all Community Members.
YWCA Sonoma County’s 40 hour DV training curriculum is intended to assist domestic violence service providers operating in accordance with California Evidence Code 1037.1 (b) and California Penal Code 13823.15 -.16 for the purposes of ensuring those working with victims meet the requirements of Domestic Violence pursuant to Evidence Code 1037.1 (a) (1).
- Definition and impact of domestic violence.
- History of domestic violence, particularly in relation to social justice movements.
- Relationship between societal attitudes and violence against women.
- Facts about domestic violence, and how they differ from common societal attitudes.
- Prevalence of domestic violence.
- Dynamics of domestic violence.
- Domestic violence on adult victims, children and the community.
- Role of the DV Advocate.
- Basic skills needed to work with survivors in a focused way.
- Stigma and how to serve people with unique and complex issues.
- Key points necessary in making a successful referral.
- Skills necessary to provide an accurate assessment of the client’s needs and safety.
- Skills necessary to assist clients with developing individualized safety plans.
- Ensuring the safety and confidentiality of clients.
- Increase participants’ understanding of the benefits and dangers of technology related to a client’s safety.
- Dynamics of families living with violence.
- The effects of domestic violence on children.
- Understand resiliency factors
- Gain an understanding of working with teen survivors of domestic violence.
- Respond and provide appropriate interventions and referrals.
- Understand societal influences on teen dating violence.
- Develop a common language related to issues of oppression and privilege.
- Deepen an understanding of intersections between domestic violence intervention, prevention and issues of oppression, privilege and bias.
- Tools to become allies committed to promoting equity and inclusion within the organizational culture of agencies, programs and services.
- Gain an understanding of the underserved communities and barriers to services.
- Develop a working knowledge of local resources available to underserved communities.
- Understand the structure of the legal system in California
- Understand important legal terminology
- Be familiar with domestic violence related legal issues regarding: civil law, criminal law, and victim’s rights
- Understand available resources for domestic violence survivors, including national, state, and local resources.
- Develop a working knowledge of organizations which provide services to assist survivors with finances, housing, food, healthcare, childcare, employment, transportation, and education.
- DV counselor-victim privilege, including when it applies and the limitations of keeping privilege information confidential.
- What a DV counselor’s professional responsibilities are when faced with a request for confidential client information.
- Federal and state laws that protect victims’ confidential information.
- The effects of DV, SA, and stalking on a survivor’s employment.
- The legal protections available to survivors which enable them to maintain their employment and economic security.
- The role of an advocate in helping a survivor request accommodations, leaves of absence, and other employment-related protections.
- Using the knowledge gained throughout the training, practice realistic hotline and direct service scenarios in small groups.