Core Advocacy Training (40 hr.) Spring Session 1 in Las Cruces


(Register for Santa Fe Session Here)

The Core Advocacy Training is a 40-hour initial skills and knowledge training for advocates of domestic violence victims/survivors in New Mexico, funded by the Children Youth and Families Department. It is designed for new advocates; however, board members of advocacy organizations and all interested community members are welcome to attend (space allowing).

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;
  • The major 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;
  • Responding to children;
  • Practicing cultural competency;
  • Valuing and practicing self-care.

The structure of the Core Advocacy Training:

Core Advocacy training will begin with a live webinar to introduce all participants to the online training site and course requirements.  Then coursework will be split between 20 hours of self study and 20 hours of in-person training.


Self study will be completed through the NMCADV training site.  Assignments will consist of recorded webinars, readings, and accompanying reviews and quizzes.  Course work will be checked and approved through the site.  Our goal is for each participant to have fully completed the self study work, before attending the in-person training portion.  Certificates will not be authorized unless all self study work is completed.

Training Website: Once registered, each participant will receive log in information for the training site using the email provided during registration.  Each participant must have an individual emailto be able to track their progress.  If you do not have an individual email, we can help create one for you.


The in-person training is 3 days of skill-building, and will be highly interactive and experiential.

May 15, 16, 17
9:00-5:00 each day

(If you would like to register for the Santa Fe session June 10-12 click HERE.)

Hotel Information:

We have secured the group rate of $89.00 per night from May 14-16th.
Hampton Inn
2350 E. Griggs
Las Cruces, NM
Google Map Link

Please call 575-527-8777 to make your reservation.  Mention "New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence" to get this rate. (Room cut off date is Friday, May 3rd.  Rooms and rate cannot be guaranteed after this date.)

Trainers: The trainers for this session are David River, NMCADV Director of Training and  NMCADV Associate Trainers.

CYFD Contractors: $0
Non-CYFD Contractors: $150

Funded in part by a grant from Children, Youth and Families Department Domestic Violence Unit

If you have any questions please contact David River at or Alisha Chavez at

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.