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VAWC Professional Training Program (VAWC-PT)

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 victims 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 women who are victims of violence. 

For organizations interested in offering training to their employees on violence against women issues, VAWC offers a  Foundation level certificate in Violence Against Women. These workshops provide participants with an overview of issues related to violence against women. Additionally, the electives enable participants to learn about violence against women and sub-populations. All workshops are led by experienced practitioners from the field and tailored to the audience at hand. 

All trainings take place at a location identified by the contracting agency. The Center provides all administrative support (copies, attendance tracking, etc.) for the trainings. Additionally, the Center will evaluate the effectiveness of our training program with your staff. A typical training class size is 25 individuals. The training is six hours (with a one hour lunch). For each workshop attended, participants receive five (5) continuing education (CE) credits. If the full certificate is offered, the participant will receive 50 CE hours. In addition, each workshop offers five (5) Domestic Violence Specialist education hours. 

The 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 training, contact Nicole Oceanak at noceanak@ssw.rutgers.edu.  

Click here for more information about the continuing education certificate.

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