The Women & Gender Studies Department's recently launched Domestic Violence Prevention & Services Concentration and Minor, preparing students for range of careers focused on domestic violence advocacy and prevention. The only one of its kind available to undergraduates in the United States, the DVPS program trains students to become advocates for domestic violence survivors. The DVPS concentration combines coursework with practical experience by partnering with local domestic violence service agencies to offer our concentration students the opportunity to serve victims and survivors of domestic violence as they participate in a ten-week summer practicum. Developed in conjunction with the certification and training curriculum of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the course work for the program is interdisciplinary in nature and includes Women & Gender Studies, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Development and Family Studies.
Women & Gender Studies majors may apply for the Concentration in Domestic Violence Prevention & Services. Successful applicants will receive a stipend for their ten-week summer practicum with a direct service provider. Upon completing the concentration, students will have acquired both the educational training and up to 500 of the 2000 direct service hours required to become a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist in the state of Delaware.