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Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence: Training of Trainers

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to announce an opportunity for trainers of local and campus law enforcement officers to obtain advanced skills in the area of domestic violence response. The training will focus on the response to and investigation of domestic violence incidents, and will include updated information on Virginia's domestic violence laws and protective orders.

Participants will be provided with, and trained on, a law enforcement response to domestic violence training curriculum. After completing this training event, participants will be equipped to deliver the training curriculum in their communities. It is expected that participants who complete the Training of Trainers event will facilitate at least two (2) training sessions in their communities within one year.

The domestic violence training curriculum is most effectively delivered by a two-person team: a law enforcement officer and a victim advocate. Applicants are required to apply as a team, which should include a law enforcement officer and a domestic violence victim advocate. Other allied professionals, such as prosecutors, victim/witness advocates, etc., are also encouraged to apply as part of the team, and will be approved on a space available basis.

Training Date & Location

Wednesday - Friday
August 14 - 16, 2013
The Fredericksburg Hospitality House
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Who Should Attend?

A team of at least one law enforcement officer and one domestic violence victim advocate must attend together. Other allied professionals are also encouraged to apply as part of the team. This training event has a limited enrollment and only the top 40 candidates will be selected to participate.

The following criteria will be used to select individuals to participate:

  • Demonstrated Domestic Violence Expertise: A law enforcement professional, victim advocate, or other team member with domestic violence expertise obtained through education, training, experience, or an acceptable combination thereof.
  • Demonstrated Training Proficiency: A law enforcement professional who is a DCJS-certified criminal justice instructor, has two or more years law enforcement training experience, five or more years street experience, or an acceptable combination thereof. A victim advocate who has two or more years training experience, five or more years of experience working with victims of domestic violence, or an acceptable combination thereof. Other team members who have two or more years training experience, five or more years relevant field experience, or an acceptable combination thereof.
  • Current Training Status: A law enforcement professional, victim advocate, or other team member who is an active trainer and who has taught at least twice within the past twelve months.
  • Current Training Responsibility: A law enforcement professional, victim advocate, or other team member who has or will have responsibility for domestic violence training at the recruit, investigator, or executive level.
  • Collaborative Approach: A law enforcement professional and domestic violence victim advocate (and other team members) who will attend the training together and who will train as a team.
  • Agency/University Endorsement: A law enforcement professional, victim advocate, or other team member who has the endorsement and support of his/her agency or university administrator for continued delivery of training in his/her region or area of the state. Agency/university administrators must commit their staff person to attending all three days of the training in order to be considered for participation.

Preference will be given to candidates who most closely meet the criteria listed above. Failure to meet one or more of the criteria will not necessarily disqualify a potential candidate. If you have any questions about the selection criteria, please contact Nikole Sarvay at Nikole.Sarvay@dcjs.virginia.gov or 804-786-8008.

Partial In-Service Credit

Partial In-Service Credit for law enforcement officers will be provided.

Accepted Applicants Will Receive

  • All training materials and the domestic violence training curriculum
  • Free tuition
  • Free lodging at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House for participants traveling over 50 miles
  • Lunch provided on August 14th and August 15th

Nomination/Application Procedures

Prior to beginning the application process, be sure to have the following documents ready for uploading into the online application system:

The training application should be completed online by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013. Click here to begin the nomination/application process.

Please complete a separate application for each member of the team. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email by Friday, July 19, 2013.

Contact Information

Nikole Sarvay
nikole.sarvay@dcjs.virginia.gov
804.786.7802

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