Our team of staff and collaborators created this training so you can learn about domestic violence background, intervention, and prevention. The curriculum will take about thirty hours to complete at your own pace. If you choose to volunteer with the Domestic Abuse Resource Center, your registration fee will be fully reimbursed.
You will be more prepared to help victims by taking this training.
Understand experiencing and fleeing from abuse through victims' perspectives.
Gain insight into effects of violence on children.
Learn correct and sensitive response techniques.
Connect with others who are passionate about ending violence.
Course fees depend on if you live/work in our service area.
Service area includes: Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Howard, Fayette, and Winneshiek Counties.
$10 In service area
$40 Outside service area
Everyone can benefit from this course.
Domestic violence awareness is critical for everyone: professionals, neighbors, retirees, teens, parents, aunts, and uncles. The more we are aware of the signs and proper ways to be involved, the better we can help victims and their families.
Employees in any work environment
Anyone wanting to support
victims of domestic violence
Would you recommend this course to others?
7% PROBABLY Percentage of Participants
More awareness helps and being proactive is a better response than reactive when it could be too late.
This training not only helps with professional development, it makes people more aware of and teaches them how to cope with situations they may encounter in their everyday lives.
Because [domestic violence] happens in all walks of life, everyone should have a basic understanding of it, how to respond, and available resources.
Domestic violence affects more than just the individual victims: it affect their children, their parents, their neighbors, and their friends. It is all around us, but sometimes we turn away from it because we do not know how to help. By taking training for domestic violence, we can be more aware and help people in domestic violence situations that affect others as well.
I think it is important to take a training for domestic violence awareness because it could happen to anyone we know, and by being aware of the numerous issues surround domestic violence, we can better assist those victims to assess their options.
I have learned so much in this training course. It is very important to have this kind of training because every situation is different. Learning more effective ways to empathize, communicate and educate our clients is one of the most effective ways to help reduce domestic assault.
What It's Like to Answer the Domestic Abuse Resource Center Line
Don't Be Nervous to Volunteer with the Domestic Abuse Resource Center
Completing this training will allow you to volunteer with the Resource Center if you choose. Volunteer opportunities are available for anyone and everyone passionate about ending domestic violence. The most popular is answering the Resource Line. Other options include, Safe Home Provider, Transporter, Responder, and other more behind the scenes opportunities.
You will have unlimited time to complete the course. We realize that many participants have full-time jobs, as well as family responsibilities. Those who take the course often have other time limitations imposed by their employer. Our mission is to educate on the topic of Domestic Violence; we want to make it as convenient and easy as we can to fit it into your busy schedule.
Course fees will not be refunded if you are unable to complete the course.
Modules must be 90% viewed to qualify as completed. You cannot advance to each subsequent module until the previous is completed.
Satisfactory answers are mandatory to pass the online training. Discussion questions are in the form of short answer. There is NOT a question for every module.
Short answer responses should be appropriate. When posting or commenting during a short answer or activity do not include personal stories or personal identifying information, such as names, addresses, or places of employment, and stay on topic.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Give credit when directly quoting someone.
Certificates will be emailed after successful course completion. “Completion” means that all content has been viewed or read, users have responded satisfactorily to questions and participated in activities. If you have not participated, the administrator will contact you to complete any missing contributions so we may issue a certificate of completion.
The original intent of this project was to increase our volunteer base and community outreach. However, the large response from outside our service area means more expense to us to administer. Therefore, we charge $10 for people who live and/or work in our service area and $40 for people who live in counties we aren’t funded to serve.
Upon successful completion of the training, fees will be reimbursed for anyone choosing to become a direct-service volunteer for the Helping Services' Resource Center. Other agencies may have a similar policy for how they reimburse fees for volunteers. Please direct inquiries for reimbursement to your local domestic abuse agency.
This course has been approved for CEUs/CEHs through Northeast Iowa Community College. You are responsible for applying for CEUs/CEHs from other accreditors. When you register, you will have an opportunity to declare your interest in CEUs/CEHs, and, upon successful completion of the online course, we will send you the form approved by NICC. It is your responsibility to complete and send in the form with the required fee (currently $8.00) to NICC to receive your CEUs/CEHs.
If you are simply interested in proof of contact hours, the certificate of completion should suffice (thirty hours).
Please contact Mary McNally if you have questions regarding CEUs/CEHs.
Provider #7, Northeast Iowa Community College
Mary McNally, firstname.lastname@example.org
563-557-8271. Extension 234
Upon completion, you will be certified to volunteer with the Domestic Abuse Resource Center. You will also be a Level One Advocate per guidelines from ICADV. If you are volunteering directly with volunteers (this is called "direct service"), you will be equipped with additional face-to-face training.
Everyone who completes the training will receive a certificate of completion, indicating successful fulfillment of thirty online hours. This includes completion of discussion questions, which must be manually checked by the moderator. In the last module there is a notification step that will alert the moderator that you believe all steps are completed. After the moderator has reviewed your status, she will electronically release your certificate. Please allow up to two business days.
If registering by mail, download this form. Fill it out and mail it, along with a check made out to Helping Services, to P.O. Box 372, Decorah, IA 52101. Within a week of receiving your form and payment, Helping Services will email you your confirmed start date and login information. The email will come from email@example.com.
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Yes! All of the recommended readings and suggested links will be available after your access has expired. You can view them outside of the training: Domestic Violence Awareness Training Resources. Presentations, powerpoints, and activities will not be viewable after course completion.
No part of the training may be used or reproduced outside of the format provided by Helping Services, without the express written permission of Helping Services.
After successful completion of the training, certification is good for one year.
The requirements to maintain Victim Counselor status after the 30 hour training include:
• Two (2) hours of continued education each year from in-person training or webinar (four hours total for renewal application)
• Twenty (20) hours of direct client services with multiple clients each year (40 hours total)
• Two (2) consultations with a Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate each year in person, email or via telephone
This training incorporates the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) required content for the 30-hour victim counselor training.
This Domestic Violence Awareness Training is the property of Helping Services for Northeast Iowa and is protected by copyright. No part may be used or reproduced outside of the format provided by Helping Services, without the express written permission of the agency.
Feminism and Social Roots of Violence (2 hours) | In this section, we will explore what feminism means to you, and its influence on society and domestic violence. A brief history of women’s rights in the U.S. will highlight the women's movement, the human rights actions they inspired, and the effect it had on the sexual assault and battered women’s movements. By understanding the historical context of violence against women and women’s resistance against oppression, we can begin to appreciate the struggle for respect and equality.
Domestic Violence Dynamics (4 hours) | As outsiders looking in, it is common to make quick judgments about why a person chooses to stay in a violent relationship, and why what appear to be the obvious right choices are discarded for what appear to be poor ones. To understand a victim of domestic violence requires understanding the dynamics of domestic abuse, its causes, and the impact on survivors. This includes the perspective of the victim as well as the abusing partner.
Sexual Assault Dynamics (4 hours) | Sexual assault and rape are difficult realities. Correctly responding to and supporting a survivor of an assault are critical to their recovery. We will discuss procedures to follow in common situations, techniques to support recovery, and important self-care for the survivor.
Dating Violence (40 min) | Teens and young adults are experiencing disturbing levels of violence in their dating relationships, but only half recognize the warning signs of a dangerous relationship. Early efforts to promote healthy, respectful dating relationships are more likely to prevent dating violence before the problem begins. In the larger picture, youth can learn valuable skills that not only serve them now, but will forge healthy relationships throughout their lives.
Children Exposed to Violence (1 hour, 20 min) | This section explores how children are affected when exposed to domestic violence, from infancy to their teenage years. We examine how violence affects the brain, the long-term effects that follow individuals into adulthood, and how systems respond to children in abuse situations. Finally, you will learn helpful messages for children and safety planning measures.
Child Sexual Abuse (2 hours) | We are all affected by child sexual abuse. You will learn that whether you are a parent, grandparent, community member, or professional, we all have a responsibility to protect children. In this session, we will review the signs of abuse to look for, how to respond to children who have been sexually abused, and how that abuse affects them. Both on a policy level and personal level, you can take action to minimize the opportunities for child abuse to take place.
Diversity (2 hours) | In this section, we invite you to explore your own cultural background. This self-reflection should help you embrace a different kind of diversity that reaches all individuals, including yourself. By embracing this new understanding, we hope you can better connect with people on a personal level and eventually, embrace the benefits of more meaningful relationships.
Court System and Domestic Violence Laws (4 hours) - Includes 1 hour crime victim assistance | You will learn about the most common state and federal laws dealing with domestic abuse, and the implications of arresting victims. We will look at the broader scope of what the legal side of domestic violence means to a victim and the more complicated issues of children involvement or things such as immigration status. You will journey through the legal side of domestic violence, with assistance from a law enforcement official, court attorney, and a victim witness coordinator. Finally, you will hear about trauma-informed care in custody evaluations and how lawyers can use that information for more positive outcomes.
Sexual Abuse Laws (2 hours) | This section covers sexual abuse crimes and victims from the perspective of law enforcement, investigators, and legal/medical advocates.
Advocacy –Systems (3.5 hours) - Includes 1 hour on medical advocacy | A domestic violence survivor navigates many systems: health care, legal, social services, and faith community, just to name a few. It is critical that the professionals and community members providing support have an understanding of the unique challenges of a victim. Using concepts like trauma-informed care, agencies and individuals can provide services with a greater level of sensitivity.
Advocacy – Emotional (2.5 hours) | Domestic violence can cause an adverse ripple effect on the emotional and psychological state of a survivor. Panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide are often ignited by domestic violence and/or other severe forms of abuse. Knowing how to correctly respond to a survivor’s mental state is a positive way all of us can support survivors.
Advocacy – Skill Building (2 hours) | No matter what our roles are—professional, community member, or friend—we can support the survivors of abuse who we come in contact with. This training has laid the foundation to better understand victims of domestic violence. It’s time to put that knowledge to the test. A series of scenarios conclude each course to acclimate participants to simulated crisis line calls. In this final piece of the training, participants are challenged to use active listening skills, and then respond to situations that require sensitivity and knowledge of options and support services.
First, we would like to acknowledge everyone who has given of their time to complete this 30-hour training. Your support for victims of domestic violence speaks volumes. It is our hope that this training has impacted you in such a way that you will join the fight for social change and non-acceptance of intimate partner violence.
We gratefully acknowledge the Marion E. Jerome Foundation, who believes in our mission and this project and gave their financial support.
Our deepest gratitude goes to the various professionals and organizations, who generously contributed their time and expertise, assuring solid, high-quality material for this training.
Advocates for Human Rights
Allen Child Protection
Center City of Dubuque, Criminal Investigation Division
Department of Human Services
Decorah High School
Discover Happy Pilates and Wellness Studio
Dubuque County Sheriff's Office
Fayette County Attorney's Office
Fayette County Sheriff's Office
Lighthouse Professional Counseling
North Fayette Valley High School
Northeast Iowa Community Action
Olga Trujillo Consulting
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Winneshiek Medical Center
Winneshiek County Attorney's Office
University of Iowa
Upper Iowa University
In addition, a special thank you goes to the organizations that allowed us to use their facilities for videotaping:
Bethel Presbyterian Church -West Union, IA
Washington Prairie Lutheran Church - Decorah, IA
Vennehjem Retirement Community - Decorah, IA
Media Center - Luther College, Decorah, IA
Helping Services Team
Last, this training would not have been possible without the professionalism, passion and dedication of the staff at Helping Services. From administration staff to the advocates assisting clients, this project is the culmination of the best of our time, talent, and energy. We are thrilled that our efforts are reaching a wider audience, ultimately translating to more people understanding and aiding survivors of domestic violence.
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