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Intimate Partner Violence Advocate (IPVA) Certification Program Starts in September

A Partnership for Change (APFC) is a New Jersey non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence through the provision of education and prevention programs. Our initiatives reach high school students, teachers, school counselors, police officers, nurses, social workers, human resource managers and professionals. 

Registration is now open for our Intimate Partner Violence Advocate (IPVA) Certification Series, a comprehensive educational opportunity that also provides professional credits for social workers, nurses and domestic violence advocates. One in 4 women and 1 in 3 teenage girls will experience intimate partner abuse in her lifetime; therefore it is likely that we all know someone who is affected, yet many human service professionals don't know about the risks, how to develop a safety plan, or where to refer victims for help.

Co-founders of APFC, Allison Bressler and Gloria Sgrizzi, developed the series to fill a gap in domestic violence educational services for professionals in New Jersey.  "IPVA is designed to give people on the front lines practical tools and information on how to provide safe and effective support," says Ms. Sgrizzi. 

Ms. Bressler brings her 17 years of experience of working with victims to each class: "We answer the questions so many people have concerning risk assessment, safety planning, resources, navigating the legal and community-based systems in our state, the effects on children who witness abuse, teen dating violence and more."  

IPVA is praised by former attendees – 100% of whom said on confidential evaluations that they'd recommend the program to colleagues. One person wrote, "This is the only program in New Jersey that SHOWS us how to do the work." 

APFC is authorized to reward continuing education credits for professionals; we ask that you contact us for details. Participants may register for all five classes to obtain the IPVA certificate, or they may take classes individually.  Go to for full class descriptions.


Topic & Dates for IPVA Series:

1)     DV101: Domestic Violence Introduction: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2)     DV102: Understanding the Victim/Survivor: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

3)     Effects of Domestic Violence on Children:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017

4)     Teen Dating Abuse:  Tuesday, December 5, 2017

5)     DV103: Advocacy and Community Response: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Location:        Prevent Child Abuse NJ Training Facility, 103 Church Street, New Brunswick, NJ. (Facility is wheelchair accessible).


Time:               All classes run from 10AM to 4PM


Cost:               $110 per class OR $500 for the series (includes materials, certificate and light refreshments)


Registration REQUIREDSeats go fast; email us to reserve a spot at 

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