DV Education Opportunities

Community Education

CCSS staff members provide informational sessions on domestic violence to community organizations, law enforcement agencies, universities and other organizations. Presentations focus on the complex issues of domestic violence and are offered free of charge. Please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@crisisctr.org or 708-429-7255 to invite a CCSS speaker to your group.


Fresh Start Violence Prevention Program

The “Fresh Start” Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program is designed to help reduce the prevalence and effects of Domestic Violence. This is accomplished by providing education, prevention and intervention strategies that will empower our youth to make healthy relationship choices. In addition to Dating Violence, the Fresh Start Program Curriculum includes topics such as bullying, conflict resolution, internet safety and respect. This program works in collaboration with various schools (K-12), religious organizations and youth groups to reach the youth in communities that they serve. Like most services that The Crisis Center for South Suburbia offers, this program is free of charge.

For more information about our prevention program or to schedule a presentation, please contact our Prevention Specialist at (708) 429-7255 or dthorn@crisisctr.org.



The 40-Hour Domestic Violence (DV) Training course provides participants with an overview of the complex social dynamics of domestic violence and intervention principles for working with domestic violence victims and their children. It includes all ICDVP required topics for the 40-hour training.

The training will be offered on a rolling schedule for improved flexibility and convenience for prospective students.  It allows participants to complete the training in one evening and one Saturday a week over the course of five weeks.  Additionally, CCSS is adding an option for participants to complete 20 hours of the training online in conjunction with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ILCADV).

Sessions take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 8:30am-12:30pm.  Course curriculum will be offered throughout the year on a rolling basis.  Participants must attend all specified curriculum sessions to earn the 40-hour training certificate. The cost for the program is $250.  A discount is available with a 6-month volunteer commitment. *Please note: some topics within this course may be sensitive to survivors of domestic violence.*

This is a course open to any individual interested in becoming educated on domestic violence.  Individuals considering volunteering at the Crisis Center are encouraged to participate, as well as professionals who work with victims of domestic violence.  After completion of the 40-Hour DV Training, participants will be equipped to volunteer in areas of direct client contact (crisis hotline, childcare, or court advocacy) at CCSS.  Additionally, participants will be able to apply to complete 150 hours of direct client services in order to sit for the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional examination.

Some of the topics covered during this training include: the definitions and dynamics of domestic violence, the cycle of violence, myths and realities of abuse, types of abuse, direct service issues, safety planning, teen dating violence, and legal issues related to domestic violence. CCSS’ highly skilled and licensed professionals will share on-the-job experiences and provide students with an in-depth look on the realities of domestic violence.

For additional information about the program contact Tonya Schassburger, Director of Residential and Transitional Services, at (708) 429-7255 or email tschassburger@crisisctr.org.

To enroll, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (708) 429-7255 or email volunteer@crisisctr.org.


Enrollment is limited and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


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