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The NJ Association of Domestic Violence Professionals (NJADVP) was established to provide recognition and standards for professionals in the field of domestic violence. NJADVP grew out of a joint effort by victim advocates and batterers service providers who began working together in 1987. As NJADVP recognized the lack of domestic violence awareness by private practitioners and agencies working in isolation with victims and perpetrators as well as the lack of recognition that domestic violence advocates received for their expertise gained from experience working with victims and their families, NJADVP developed a comprehensive course of study and experience necessary to advocate safely in the domestic violence field. In 1993, 17 long time domestic violence experts created the first domestic violence specialist board in the county.

As our knowledge and understanding of the dynamics and impact of domestic violence on victims, their family members and advocates continues to grow, so too does the importance of New Jersey’s Domestic Violence Specialist Certification.

For more information about DVS Certification enrollment, see Frequently Asked Questions

To complete your DVS you must first enroll in the program. To enroll simply fill out the Initial Enrollment Form and mail with your $50.00 enrollment fee to:

NJ Association of Domestic Violence Professionals
c/o NJCBW 1670 Whitehorse Hamilton Square Road Trenton, NJ 18690-3541

After your enrollment, you will receive notifications about upcoming trainings provided by the NJCEDV Training Institute and other approved DVS Trainings as well as receive a packet of material that will help you in organizing your Applicant Portfolio.

– 1000 hours of training which must cover all six domains of knowledge specified by the NJADVP
– Four separate site visits: DV Shelter, DV Court, Al-Anon meeting, and AA or NA meeting
– 1,000 hours of direct service experience in domestic violence
– Applicant must also provide: Reference letters, personal statements, and ethics agreement

One hundred and seventy hours of domestic violence specific education as specified in the following core curriculum areas are required:


Area Hours
Basic Knowledge 12
Legal 12
Intervention Skills 24
Issues of Race & Culture 12
Values & Attitudes toward Violence 9
Restructuring towards a Non-Violent Family 6
Confidentiality & Counseling Ethics 9
Community Resources & Networking 5
Prevention 12
Diversity  (D V in Special Populations) 9
Group Dynamics  (Group Counseling Skills) 12
Substance Abuse 9
Mental Health 9
Sexual Abuse 12
Gender Issues & Empowerment 12
Organizing for Change  (Community Organizing)  6

One thousand hours of direct service experience with domestic violence clients, which includes 200 hours of supervised direct service in 7 specific task areas which all include: competence in appropriate documentation with confidentiality and ethical standards.


Task Hours
Hotline: crisis intervention, referrals, safety planning, assessment 45
Intake: formal assessment, safety planning, mental health and substance abuse evaluations, referrals. 15
Victim Advocacy (Legal Information): options for legal needs, court accompaniment , safety planning with clients at court. 25
Education & Prevention: Developing, facilitating and or delivering information on domestic violence dynamics or services, to clients, general public, other helping agenciesor staff. 25
Case Management/Service Provision: Safety planning and assisting with concrete needs i.e. financial, housing, medical access to other services. 35
Group Dynamics: Facilitating or observing groups for clients and or their children. 35
Networking/Community Organizing: Developing a working relationship with state and community services impacting domestic violence clients and learning to affect changeon behalf of families impacted by domestic violence.  20
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