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VAWC Virtual Academy & Professional Training Program

Violence against women is widespread, affecting over 1.6 million women each year. It affects individuals in all lines of work, of all colors and ethnicities, and at all socioeconomic levels. Health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners is estimated to exceed $5.8 billion each year, impacting families, communities, and businesses.

Because violence against women affects so many, it is critical that professionals in social work, human services, healthcare, criminal law enforcement and the corporate world expand their understanding of this complex issue and develop the skills to competently and effectively address the needs of survivors and families.

VAWC-PT, initially funded by The Verizon Foundation, is a unique and engaging program that provides a wide range of professionals the knowledge and the practical skills they need to understand and effectively address the myriad of issues faced by survivors of violence. Through our Virtual Academy for Empowering Professionals and In Person Training Program, there are plenty of ways to boost your skills and earn your Professional Certificate in Violence Against Women. Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for Social Workers and Domestic Violence Specialist (DVS) hours may also be available based on your location. 

The Virtual Academy for Empowering Professionals 

The Virtual Academy has been developed to ensure that no matter where you are or how much time you have, you can build your toolkit and expertise. These online courses may be taken individually or as a series to earn your Professional Certificate in Violence Against Women.  The Academy offers opportunities for individuals and agencies to enroll. 


In Person Professional Training Program

Agencies in the local tristate area may choose to enroll in the In Person Violence Against Women Professional Certificate program or create a custom course package. All trainings take place at a location identified by the contracting agency. The Center provides all administrative support and will evaluate the effectiveness of our programming with your staff. A typical training class size is 25 individuals however we are always happy to discuss your agency’s individual needs. 


The In Person Professional Certificate program has been implemented at State agencies like: New Jersey Department of Children and Families, New Jersey Department of Corrections and Administrative Office of the Courts. 

For more information about VAWCs training and professional development offerings,  check out our information packet here or contact


Click here for more information about the continuing education certificate programs offered by the School of Social Work.

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