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New Jersey's Domestic Violence
Specialist Certification


The NJ Association of Domestic Violence Professionals (NJADVP) was established to provide recognition and standards for professionals in the field of domestic violence. NJADVP grew out of a joint effort by victim advocates and batterers services providers who began working together in 1987.

Previously domestic violence advocates did not have a process that recognized the expertise gained from our years of experience working with victims and their families. The growing body of research is rarely disseminated outside the domestic violence field into institutional curricula or other certification programs. Most troubling is the lack of domestic violence awareness by private practitioners and agencies working in isolation with victims and perpetrators alike.

The committee worked for several years to develop a comprehensive course of study and experience necessary to advocate safely in the domestic violence field. In 1993 the original committee conducted interviews and selected 17 long time domestic violence experts to create the first domestic violence specialist certification board in the country.

As our knowledge and understanding of the dynamics and impact of violence on victims, their family members and advocates continues to grow, so too does the importance of New Jersey's Domestic Violence Specialist Certification.

Click here PDF for frequently asked questions about the Domestic Violence Specialist credential.

Click here to find a Domestic Violence Specialist in your area

Applying for the DVS Credential


       *New*       Initial Enrollment Form

NJADVP has made some changes to the DVS process to make applying for your certification easier. If you are just beginning the DVS certification process please use the enrollment form above. The older application process has been phase out as of December 30, 2013.

Click here for more information about the requirements for New Jersey's domestic violence specialist certification process, and application information.

For current Domestic Violence Specialists, our recent recertification deadline was June 30, 2013.  To download recertification Instructions and Directions or an Application, please click on the links below.

*New* Recertificaton Directions and Form 2015

DVS Continuing Education Credits

NJADVP strives to ensure the quality of domestic violence training through the provision of DVS continuing education credits than can be used toward Domestic Violence Specialist initial or recertification.  NJADVP provides continuing education credits through two avenues: approval of trainings and certification of trainers.

If you are offering a workshop you would like have considered for DVS continuing education credits, please click below to download a training approval application and instructions. 

Training Approval Application PDF


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