New Jersey Association of Domestic Violence Professionals (NJADVP)


About the NJADVP

The New Jersey Association of Domestic Violence Professionals grew out of a joint effort by victim advocates and
batterers service providers who began working together in 1987 to develop a first-of-its kind education program for advocates.

Previously domestic violence advocates did not have a process that recognized the expertise gained from our years of experience working with victims and their families. The growing body of research is rarely disseminated outside the domestic violence field into institutional curricula or other certification programs. Most troubling is the lack of domestic violence awareness by private practitioners and agencies working in isolation with victims and perpetrators alike.

A committee of domestic violence professionals worked for several years to develop a comprehensive course of study and experience necessary to advocate safely in the domestic violence field. In 1993 the original committee conducted interviews and selected 17 long time domestic violence experts to create the first domestic violence specialist certification board in the country.

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

Get Your DVS Certification

The Domestic Violence Certification is the first-of-its-kind curricula designed to recognize the work of advocates working in a range of different roles. Domestic violence is complicated and the certification process also ensures that advocates and other professionals are well prepared to work with victims. It is a requirement for continued employment at some agencies and requires certification every two years. Learn more about the program below. Click here to learn more and register.

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