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ICVDP Code Of Ethics

Code of Ethics for Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professionals (CPAIP)

The following Code of Ethics is intended to govern CPAIPs in their various roles and relationships and at the various levels of responsibility at which they function. These principles also serve as a basis for adjudication by the Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, Inc. when allegations of misconduct are reported.

The Code sets forth general principles of conduct and the judicious appraisal of conduct in matters which have ethical implications. This Code is not intended to be all inclusive or exhaustive. CPAIPs are expected to adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of this Code.

A CDVP or a CPAIP is required to abide by any disciplinary rulings based on the Code which will be determined by an unbiased jury of professional peers. A CPAIP shall also take adequate measures to discourage, prevent and correct the ethical misconduct of colleagues.

Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professionals:

  1. Have a primary commitment to provide the highest quality professional support for those who seek services.
  2. Dedicate themselves to the safety of the domestic violence victim at all times and actively support professionals and volunteers who serve domestic violence victims and their children.
  3. Work in the best interest of clients, so long as it is consistent with safety for victims and children and ethical standards, and challenge clients to develop the skills needed to be safe and accountable.
  4. Maintain confidentiality of the working relationship and information resulting from it, consistent with all legal obligations.
  5. Do not exploit relationships with clients for personal advantage or to meet personal needs.
  6. Do not solicit clients of one's agency for private practice.
  7. Do not have sexual or romantic relationships with their clients.
  8. Do not condone or engage in sexual or other harassment as defined by the law.
  9. Work to protect the legal and civil rights of clients without colluding in clients' oppression of their intimate partners.
  10. Do not discriminate against clients or professionals on the basis of age, gender, spiritual beliefs, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or disability.
  11. Develop knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity pertinent to the client populations served and incorporate culturally relevant techniques into their practice.
  12. Are willing to release or refer a client to another program or individual when it is in the best interest of the client.
  13. Do not perpetrate or condone domestic violence as defined in the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and its amendments.
  14. Respect the rights and views of other professionals, agencies and organizations serving domestic violence perpetrators and victims.
  15. Take personal responsibility for professional growth.
  16. Do not knowingly misrepresent their credentials or those of their co-workers or the program.
  17. Do not practice outside the scope of their competence and credentials.
  18. Abide by all ICDVP requirements for professional certification standards.
  19. Acknowledge that they are mandated reporters under the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, and in some cases, the Elder Abuse Act.
  20. Acknowledge their responsibility under the Illinois Mental Health code to warn of any imminent threat of harm by notifying the threatened person and appropriate law enforcement agencies and/or personnel.