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The Core Advocacy Training is a 40-hour fundamental skills and knowledge training for advocates of domestic violence victims/survivors in New Mexico, supported by the Children Youth and Families Department. It is designed for new advocates but open to all.

The goals of the training are to leave participants with an understanding of:

  • The history of the domestic violence movement and theories of violence in intimate relationships, including the disproportionate amount of violence met on women by men;
  • The dynamics of domestic violence and tactics of abuse;
  • Trauma in the lives of victims and their children, and how it impacts behavior and functioning;
  • Secondary trauma and its effects in the lives of advocates;
  • The legal context of domestic abuse, including state and federal statutes, protection orders, civil and criminal justice systems, and jurisdiction on tribal lands;
  • An introduction to different cultural groups in New Mexico and the varying degrees of danger face by each;
  • Challenges and resources for immigrant victims of abuse;
  • The links between substance abuse and domestic violence;
  • Specific challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ community;
  • Child abuse and mandatory reporting;
  • The role and ethical guidelines of advocacy;
  • The importance of community partners and a coordinated response;

and Skills in:

  • Listening and connecting with clients;
  • Using a trauma lens to view difficult behaviors;
  • Crisis response, danger assessment, and safety planning in a variety of contexts;
  • Welcoming all people, including people with disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing clients, and clients with limited English proficiency,
  • Maintaining confidentiality and interacting with law enforcement;
  • De-escalating conflict;
  • Practicing cultural competency;
  • Valuing and practicing self-care.

Core Advocacy Training Structure:

Online Training (24 hours)

The online training portion of the Core Advocacy Training is a self-paced set of 9 modules, covering theoretical and substantive knowledge required of advocates who work with victims/survivors of domestic violence (**We recommend that you complete the first 4 modules before attending the in-person training**):

  • Module 1: The Problem of Domestic Violence
  • Module 2: Domestic Violence Intervention System
  • Module 3: Developing a Trauma-Informed Lens
  • Module 4: Emergency Shelter, Advocacy Ethics, and Self-Care
  • Module 5: Risk and Safety
  • Module 6: Justice and the Justice System
  • Module 7: Offender Programs
  • Module 8: Cultural Literacy
  • Module 9: Being Accessible to Everyone

In-Person Intensive (16 hours)

The in-person training is 3 days of skill-building, and will be highly interactive and experiential. Each day has one hour for lunch (on your own). It is scheduled to allow travelers time to get there the first day, and plenty of time to return home after the completion of day 3.

  • June 5th 9:30a-5:00p - Connection and Self Care
  • June 6th 9:00a-5:00p - Creating Safe and Healing Relationships
  • June 7th 9:00a-1:00p - The Opportunity of Advocacy




Hotel Reservation Information

A Room block will be made available to training participants. Stay tuned!

Meals & Snacks

Meals will be on your own. We will provide coffee, tea, and light snacks throughout the day in the training room.

Cancellation Policy

The full fee is non-refundable if canceled less than two weeks prior to the event. You may transfer your registration to another Core Advocacy Training prior to June 30, 2017.


NMCADV encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any typeof accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call 505-220-6582 or email david@nmcadv.org in advance of your participation.


This training is funded in part by the Children Youth and Families Department, Domestic Violence Unit.

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