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CDVP Definitions

Domestic Violence

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act, defines domestic violence and abuse as "physical abuse, harassment, intimidation of a dependent, interference with personal liberty, willful deprivation, neglect or exploitation" between "spouses, former spouses, parents, children, stepchildren and other persons related to by blood or by present or prior marriage, persons who share or formerly shared a common dwelling, persons who have or allegedly have a child in common, persons who share or allegedly share a blood relationship through a child, persons who have or have had a dating relationship, and persons with disabilities and their personal assistants or caregivers."

Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA)

The law in Illinois that defines domestic violence, provides for orders of protection and their enforcement, and details the responsibility of law enforcement agencies. The IDVA is also the source of confidentiality between victims or domestic violence and their counselor or advocate.


A one to one interaction between a domestic violence worker and an adult or child for the purpose of benefiting the client. Examples of counseling include support, guidance, education, problem solving and discussing options. Counseling should be provided with the service plan in mind.


Any intervention by a domestic violence worker with a third party on behalf of an adult or child. A release of information must be completed and signed by the client or her/his representative and placed in the client's file. Intervention with a third party should have the purpose of benefiting the client with the service plan in mind.

IDVA Advocacy

Illinois Domestic Violence Act Advocacy includes any assistance in pursuing criminal charges and/or orders of protection through problem solving, accompaniment, emotional support and encouragement. Court or IDVA advocacy also includes ongoing systems advocacy to improve policies and procedures, which enhance the safety and court relief for victims.

Hotline/Information & Referral

Assisting a client to identify and gather information about community resources for themselves and their children.

Group Services

Any Services provided by a domestic violence worker to more than one child and/or adult client at a time, with the purpose of giving support, educating, providing necessary information, offering guidance, or facilitating social interaction, for the purpose of benefiting the client and with the service plan in mind.


Activities by a domestic violence worker that promote awareness of the dynamics of domestic violence and provide information to reduce the likelihood of domestic violence.


Provision of domestic violence information by a domestic violence worker to other professionals who are in contact with victims or abusers in order to assist them in developing more appropriate responses to domestic violence.

Outreach & Community Education

Direct contact by a domestic violence worker with people in a community setting to identify and educate about domestic violence effects and available services.

Systems Advocacy

Actions by a domestic violence worker to change established systems to ensure a more effective and appropriate response to domestic violence victims.


Individuals whose primary responsibilities are to supervise those who provide direct victim services.

Supervised Work

Direct service activities (as defined in Section III) at a domestic violence agency under the direction of an ICDVP supervisor.