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Sample 40-hour Training Curriculum Now Available!

Members can access the curriculum by clicking here and inserting their Member log-in code (for questions about your Member log-in code, contact our Membership Specialist, Jo Anna Davis:

State-funded domestic violence programs may also access this curriculum with a Guest log-in code (contact our Membership Specialist, Jo Anna Davis:

The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (the Partnership), with support from the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA), is pleased to present a sample 40-hour training curriculum which fulfills the State's requirements for Domestic Violence Counselors[1].


  • PowerPoint presentations are designed to be fully customizable.  Curriculum users will be able to insert their agency logos, local resources and statistics as needed to reflect the realities of your organization and community. The presentations also include multimedia options (YouTube Videos, website links) that further explore training topics and elicit discussions. Internet access will be required to fully utilize these multimedia options.  
  • Trainers’ Manuals are designed to provide relevant slide-by-slide information that further explains the contents of the PowerPoint presentations.  Trainers will see prompts which outline instructions for presenting materials, tips for handling particular audience issues that may come up, and website links for additional resources or sources of information presented.  Trainer’s manuals are not customizable. 
  • Hand-outs are meant to be used in conjunction with the PowerPoint presentation to elicit additional discussion or to complement the training topic. They are designed for trainers to download and print for training participants. Some hand-outs are mentioned in the Trainer’s Manuals for discussion while others are meant for additional reading either before or after training sessions. 
  • Training activities are designed to enhance and compliment the learning experience for participants.  Activities include instructions, lists of materials and follow-up question prompts for the trainers.  Some activities are mentioned in the Trainer’s Manuals and PowerPoints while others are not.  Trainers may choose which activities will be most appropriate for the training group and time constraints.  

Intended Purpose of Sample Curriculum:

While the curriculum topics are outlined in California penal and evidence codes (to which State-funded domestic violence service providers are expected to adhere), such providers are not mandated to utilize the content of this particular curriculum. Instead, it is intended to be a sample resource for the field which can be adapted to fit a particular organization’s and community’s needs.  This sample 40-hour domestic violence training curriculum includes PowerPoint presentations, training manuals, hand-outs, multi-media, activities and exercises for each of the required subject modules that are fully downloadable for organizational use.

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Sample 40-hour Curriculum FAQ

This sample curriculum is offered as an ongoing work-in-progress, to be considered as a “beta version.” We look forward to hearing from end users about their experiences with this curriculum, and actively seek feedback and suggestions to improve its’ usefulness and relevance for the field. Over time, the Partnership anticipates convening additional advisory groups to review and update this curriculum, and to develop additional / supplemental training modules.

The Partnership appreciates Cal EMA’s support in the development of this sample curriculum. This project was supported by Grant Number G-1101CAFVPS from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA). The opinions, findings, and conclusions in this publication are those of the author and not necessarily those of HHS nor Cal EMA. Cal EMA reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, and use these materials and to authorize others to do so.

For more information about this Sample 40-hour Curriculum, contact the Partnership:

[1] Domestic Violence Counselors: This curriculum is intended to be a tool to assist domestic violence victim service organizations / domestic violence shelter service providers operating in accordance with California Evidence Code Section §1037.1(b) and California Penal Code §13823.15-13823.16 (respectively), for the purpose of ensuring those working with victims meet the requirements of a Domestic Violence Counselor pursuant to Evidence Code §1037.1(a)(1).