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ODVN - Domestic Violence Advocacy Fundamentals

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 9:00 AM until Friday, September 25, 2020, 4:30 PM
Cincinnati - TBD

Statewide Training Events
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only

ODVN - Domestic Violence Advocacy Fundamentals

This three-day interactive training offers basic fundamentals and introductory skills for advocates serving domestic violence survivors and their children. You'll learn about the history of the domestic violence movement and ways to become more culturally humble and inclusive. The training teaches survivor-defined advocacy and strategies for risk management, crisis intervention and safety-planning. You'll also get an overview of the complex civil and criminal justice system and learn about Ohio's Crime Victim Compensation program. Come with a desire to explore difficult topics, share with others, have some fun and leave with new knowledge to work effectively with survivors and children experiencing domestic violence.

This hybrid training consists of 18 hours of in-person training and 6 hours of online learning. After you've registered, you'll receive a link to register for the online learning portion. All online learning should be completed by September 15. If you have any questions about accessing the online learning, please contact ODVN's online tech support at

The in-person and online training fulfill 24 hours of pre-registration training to initially qualify as Registered Advocate (RA) with the Ohio Advocate Network.


ODVN Trainers: Emily Kulow, Assistant Director of Training and Program Support; Nancy Grigsby, Legal Assistance Program Director; Sonia Ferencik, Youth Advocacy and Trauma-Informed Services Coordinator; Denise Kontras, Training Coordinator

Deadline for Registration: September 15 or sooner if the training reaches capacity. 

Cost: $60 for ODVN members, $80 for non-members

CEUs: To obtain 18 CEUs, you are required to attend all sessions of the in-person training. Please note that CEU credit hours will only be given for the hours you attend. There are no exceptions. Counselor and social work provider numbers are #RSX040202 and #RCX120302.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be given until the deadline September 15, 2020. If you cancel your registration after the deadline or fail to attend, you or your agency will be responsible for the full registration fee. Participant substitutions are always welcome. 

Accommodations: If you require an ASL interpreter or have any accessibility needs, please contact our Training Coordinator, Denise Kontras, at by September 1, 2020.

Upon registering, you should receive a confirmation email with 24 hours. If you have not, please contact