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are many opportunities through the Women & Gender Studies
department that allow students to explore their career interests through practical field experience opportunities. Internships are highly valued not
only in this department, but also throughout the University, engaging
students in making connections, exploring different opportunities, and achieving a
better understanding of the career they would like to pursue. The
Women & Gender Studies department is constantly expanding its
public and private partnerships locally and nationally.
Students in the DVPS Concentration must complete one 3 credit internship, WOMS 498, while students in the minor have the option of taking WOMS498 for 3 DVPS elective credits.
To learn more
about these opportunities feel free to make an appointment to talk with a faculty member.
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CHILD, Inc. - Domestic Violence Advocacy Program:
This program helps to empower victims of domestic violence by
guiding them through the Family Court system as they seek protection
from their abusive partners.
CHILD, Inc. - Family Visitation Center:
Provide supervised exchange for off-site visitation, or monitored
on-site visitation for children from homes where there has been domestic
violence or sexual abuse.
Wilmington Police Department - Victim Services Unit:
The Victim Services Unit of the Wilmington Police Department is
staffed by social workers and Certified DV Specialists. The staff works
closely with the police, following up with victims of Domestic Violence.
The services provided by the unit include crisis and supportive
counseling, information, referral and advocacy within the criminal
justice system. Additionally, the staff provides victims with court
accompaniments, assisting them in pressing charges, and intercedes on
their behalf with the prosecution and probation departments.
People's Place - SAFE (Shelter Advocacy Freedom & Empowerment):
SAFE provides a safe environment, shelter, and support for women and
children in domestic violence situations in Kent and Sussex Counties.
Emergency shelter (45 days) in a safe supportive environment is
provided. In addition to providing shelter, family therapy, case
management and transition services are provided, helping families to
establish a new safe home environment on their own with improved skills
State of Delaware Department of Correction - New Castle Probation and Parole, Domestic Violence Unit: The
Department of Correction's mission is to protect the public by
supervising adult offenders through safe and humane services, programs
and facilities. Students in this practicum will work with both DV
survivors and offenders. Students will also gain experience in both
family and criminal court. Students will serve roughly 60 survivors
per summer through their work with the Victim Services Advocate. In
this capacity, the student will provide advocacy, support, information
and guidance to victims on the continuum of victim serviced within the
criminal justice system. Students will also interact with offenders as they work with and receive training from
State Parole Officer
State of Delaware Department of Justice - Victim Witness Assistance Program:
The mission of the Department of Justice is to enforce the laws of the
state in a fair, efficient and effective manner, and provide legal
services to State agencies, boards, commissions, officials and the
public. The Victim Witness Assistance Program is part of the Criminal
Division of the Department. Victim Service Staff, whether Specialists
or Social Workers, work on the team with prosecutors, paralegals and
investigators to prosecute criminal charges in either Superior Court,
the Court of Common Pleas, and Family Court. Victim Service Staff help
meet this mission by providing services to victims and witnesses of
crime so that they can fully participate in the criminal case.
Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence: DCADV
is the statewide, nonprofit coalition of agencies and individuals
working to stop domestic violence in Delaware. DCADV works in
partnership with direct service providers, government officials, and
business and community partners to promote equality in relationships and
strive to alter the social conditions that allow violence and abuse to
Natasha's Justice Project: Natasha's
Justice Project (NJP) was founded in 2011, with Natasha serving as
spokesperson. NJP is working to end the backlog of rape kits by working through research, public education, and media outreach. NJP
also offers travel grants so that survivors can be present at their