Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Child Protective Services

The New York State legislature passed a law (Chapter 280) in 2002 requiring domestic violence training for all CPS caseworkers and supervisors. In response, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) jointly developed a skills based training in 2004, which was revised in 2013.

This training program teaches CPS caseworkers to identify the presence of domestic violence in families and to conduct accurate safety and risk assessments. Specific topics include:

A variety of training methods are used throughout the two day training program, including:


Additional information on the intersection of child welfare and domestic violence: