Substantial Training in domestic violence for mediators is a minimum of 12 hours training beyond any domestic violence training included in basic family and divorce mediation training to include the following:


I. Introduction:  Domestic Violence


A.     Overview of Services

1.      Counseling Programs  (adults & children)

2.      Legal Advocacy

3.      Shelter

4.      Transitional Housing

5.      Resources & Referrals


B.     Definition of Domestic Violence

1.      Myth vs. Fact

2.      Current Statistics (national & local)

3.      Social & Cultural Implications


II.  Dynamics:  Domestic Violence


A.     Power & Control Tactics

1.      Physical

2.      Emotional & Verbal

3.      Sexual

4.      Economic

5.      Intimidation & Threats

6.      Isolation


B.     Cycle of Violence

1.      Tension Building Phase

2.      Acute Battering Phase

3.      Contrition Phase


III.  Safety Planning


A.     Screening for Domestic Violence

1.       CSR Abuse Index

2.      Trauma Symptom Inventory

3.      Abusive Behaviors Checklist

4.      Risk Assessments


B.     Victims’ Safety:  Adult

1.      Protective Orders

2.      Leaving an Abusive Relationship

3.      Safety During Visitation Exchange

4.      Victims’ Safety Plans


C.     Safety for Children

1.      Safety Planning for Visitation exchanges

2.      Safety Planning for Visits

3.      Safety Planning for Phone Contact

4.      Safety Planning During Abusive Incident


D.     Control Planning for the Batterer


E.      Safety for Mediators

1.      Safety in the Workplace


IV. Impact of Domestic Violence on Children


A.  Child Development:  Symptoms

1.    Infancy

2.    Pre-adolescence

3.    Adolescence


C.      PTSD Symptoms

1.  Abused Children

2.  Children Who Witness Domestic Violence


V.  Legal Requirements for Child Custody in Cases of Domestic Violence


VI. Legal Implications for Mediators

A.  Ethics

B.  Boundaries

C.     Role of the Mediator

D.     Policies & Procedures

E.      Confidentiality



Training may be completed through a combination of:

            A.  Formal Courses

B.  Approved Continuing Education Courses

C.  Experience Under Supervision

D.     Experience Teaching Domestic Violence Courses

E.      Supervised Tutorials

F.      Observations of Domestic Violence Treatments/Mediations

G.     Professional Experience