The Certification Program is only open to employees of the 15 domestic violence shelters in Kentucky that are part of the KDVA, it is not open to the public.
1. To provide a method to assure clients, the community, and other emembers of domestic violence profession, that spouse abouse center staff have successfully completed training and supervised work experience which are necessary to provide non-judgmental, empowering intervention for victims of domestic violence and their children.
2. To provide a mechanism to recognize the competency of skilled domestic violence counselors who have acquired these skills through a combination of work and life experience, training, and traditional academic preparation.
3. To place KDVA and Kentucky in a leadership role for establishing standards for personnel who work in the domestic violence field.
4. To assure on-going professional growth.
5. To work with all facets of the domestic violence community, including regulatory and funding agencies to advance the professional certification process.
6. To increase community and professional awareness that the field of domestic violence is a specialty area and that services are provided by a professional staff.
7. To validate the role of domestic violence counselors in relationship to other professionals in the health and human services fields.
8. To assure that Certified Domestic Violence Counselors uphold the Code of Ethics.