Advocate Training

What is the 60-Hour DV/SV Advocate Training?

The 60-Hour Domestic/Sexual Violence Advocate training gives basic knowledge to:

  • Understand the dynamics of domestic abuse
  • Learn how to empower survivors
  • Become familiar with resources and procedures
  • Develop practical expectations for helping survivors.

The training is offered twice a year in the spring and fall and includes lectures, Q&A sessions, online courses, and group activities.

Training Curriculum:

  • Introduction: The History of Domestic Violence and Safe+Sound Somerset
  • Victims and Survivors: Ways People Respond to Abuse
  • Understanding People Who Abuse
  • Legal Advocacy and Domestic Violence Response Teams
  • Substance Abuse and Domestic Abuse
  • Cultural Competence
  • Trauma and Recovery
  • Children and Teens
  • Communication Skills for Empowerment
  • Values and Ethics: Confidentiality
  • Crisis Intervention and Advocacy
  • Volunteer Opportunities