Training and Presentations


Child Protective Services

Health Care

  • Domestic Violence: Maternal, Infant & Child Health Care Full-Day Training The Centers for Disease Control has declared domestic violence an epidemic and recommends routine screening of all women from the age of 16 years. As service providers, you may be aware of patients/clients in your practice who are victims of intimate partner violence. If you are not sure what to do, this training will help you: identify and screen, document and refer and provide ongoing support forpatients/clients and staff.
  • Domestic Violence Presentation for Maternal, Infant & Child Health Care Providers
  • The goal of this presentation is to raise awareness about domestic violence and the importance of routine screening of victims of domestic violence to prevent further injury, illness, permanent disability or death and to reduce pregnancy complications.

Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance

The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence offers in-service presentations on domestic violence for staff of mental health and substance abuse agencies. These presentations cover the dynamics of domestic violence, connections between domestic violence and mental health and substance abuse issues, screening and assessment, and intervention strategies that promote victim safety and offender accountability. 

These trainings are intended for professionals, and carry Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) hours, as noted.  We often invite local domestic violence service providers to attend these presentations, in order to help foster collaboration between service systems.  Agencies that want a presentation on domestic violence for their clients should contact their local domestic violence program.   

You are welcome to request a specific format or content. There is no charge for these presentations.  However, at this time, we are unable to travel outside the capitol region unless the requesting agency can cover travel expenses. Learn more.

Social Services

  • Domestic Violence Training for Local District Staff
    This is a learner focused, performance based and highly interactive training. It is designed for line staff, supervisors, and administrators who work in Temporary Assistance, Child Support Enforcement, and Employment.
  • Domestic Violence Liaison Training Institute
    Institute training is provided in collaboration with the Professional Development Program, Rockefeller College, University at Albany.
  • Domestic Violence Training for Homeless Shelter Staff
    This training has been designed in accordance with basic instructional design principles. It is learner focused, performance based and highly interactive. The training is limited to the NYC Division of Homeless Services and Homeless Shelter Staff.
  • Domestic Violence Regional Trainings

    These training opportunities are held periodically as the need arises to update Domestic Violence Liaisons on new policy and initiatives regarding the Family Violence Option. These trainings provide valuable feedback to State agencies regarding local district implementation of the Family Violence Option, best practices and issues of concern. Trainings are scheduled by OTDA.


Domestic Violence and the Workplace is a one-day training offered to NYS employees. Preference is given to Agency/OPDV Liaisons and those providing information/service for employees in need of assistance. The training will prepare staff to better understand the dynamics of domestic violence, identify possible signs and indicators of victimization, make appropriate referrals to domestic violence service providers, work with professionals to assist identified victims with safety planning, and develop individualized responses in recognition of the physical, social and cultural realities that may affect an individual victim’s situation.

Training will also include information on ways in which domestic violence impacts the workplace, including potential impact on worker productivity and the safety risks to on-site personnel and visitors.

Domestic Violence and the Workplace – Program Implementation: Tools and Techniques for Trainers will be offered by OPDV and the New York State Training Council. This session is intended to support trainers who will be providing training on domestic violence in their own agencies. While many agencies are proactively planning or providing domestic violence training, the goal of OPDV is to standardize the message being delivered to all NYS employees. Training materials that will support a one-hour presentation will be distributed and reviewed. As a pre-requisite, all trainers interested in attending this program must first complete the one-day Domestic Violence and the Workplace Training (see above for details and registration).