Domestic Violence 101 Workshops

Domestic Violence 101 Workshops
for Community Members and Professionals

Taught by our expert Prevention Advocates, YWCA’s Domestic Violence 101 Workshop series is designed to help community members and professionals recognize domestic violence, understand the complex impact of domestic violence on individuals, families and the community and learn how and when to take steps toward intervention.

Workshops are held on Fridays and run 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Participants can sign up for an entire series or attend one workshop at a time.

Upon completion of the 4-workshop series, participants will receive a certificate of completion signed by a Prevention Advocate. Currently we do not offer CEUs.

Workshops are structured as a 4-class series, but participants can also take them one at a time.

Workshop 1: Recognizing Our Roles
Recognizing our personal roles in the movement against domestic violence is a process that requires a commitment to self-reflection, non-judgment, and empathy. This workshop explores how unconscious perceptions and expectations can create biases about survivors and their experiences. In this workshop, you will:

  • review a timeline of significant events in the movement to end domestic violence.
  • recognize the many ways trauma can impact survivors.
  • question what informs our perceptions of situations and expectations of people.
  • participate in an interactive activity placing you in the shoes of a person navigating abuse.

Workshop 2: Understanding Abuse Dynamics
To understand abuse dynamics, difficult questions must be explored: Who is impacted by abuse? What does abuse look like in real life? Why do people abuse their loved ones? Gain insight into what makes a relationship more than just unhealthy, but coercive, controlling, and dangerous. In this workshop, you will:

  • review current statistics on the prevalence and impact of domestic violence.
    understand the distinction between unhealthy relationships and abusive relationships.
  • identify tools commonly used by abusers and the components of common abuse patterns.
  • understand the significance of escalation and recognize lethality signs.

Workshop 3: Responding to Families
From recognizing the impact of witnessing violence on children, to divorce and custody disputes, families experiencing domestic violence have to navigate unique obstacles on their paths to safety. You will hear from community professionals who work to support families facing these challenges. You will also:

  • recognize and understand the impact of domestic violence on children.
    learn about services designed to support children who have been exposed to trauma.
  • gain insight into the family court process.
  • hear from community professionals who support families in their work.

Workshop 4: Building Stronger Communities
Strong communities care for themselves and others. Hear from our advocates and community professionals about the legal protections available to survivors, as well as laws and protocols that hold perpetrators accountable. You’ll also learn how to care for yourself in the midst of supporting others. You will:

  • hear from our SAFEPLAN advocates who assist survivors in applying for civil protective orders.
  • gain insight from legal professionals about criminal processes and the civil protections available to survivors.
  • learn about the work of the High-Risk Response Teams in Greater Worcester and North Central Massachusetts.
  • create an individualized self-care plan to sustain yourself throughout this difficult work.

All workshops take place on Fridays and run 8:30am-4:30pm with a 1-hour lunch break.

November 2018
Workshop 1: Recognizing Our Roles November 2
Workshop 2: Understanding Abuse Dynamics November 9
Workshop 3: Responding to Families November 16
Workshop 4: Building Stronger Communities November 30

 

 

 

 

February 2019
Workshop 1: Recognizing Our Roles February 2
Workshop 2: Understanding Abuse Dynamics February 8
Workshop 3: Responding to Families February 15
Workshop 4: Building Stronger Communities February 22

 

April/May 2019
Workshop 1: Recognizing Our Roles April 19
Workshop 2: Understanding Abuse Dynamics April 26
Workshop 3: Responding to Families May 3
Workshop 4: Building Stronger Communities May 10

 

August 2019
Workshop 1: Recognizing Our Roles August 2
Workshop 2: Understanding Abuse Dynamics August 9
Workshop 3: Responding to Families August 16
Workshop 4: Building Stronger Communities August 23

 

November 2019
Workshop 1: Recognizing Our Roles November 1
Workshop 2: Understanding Abuse Dynamics November 8
Workshop 3: Responding to Families November 15
Workshop 4: Building Stronger Communities November 22

Fees include ongoing technical assistance support.

$175 for a 4-workshop series

-or-

$50 for an individual workshop

To register for our Domestic Violence 101 workshops, fill out the form below or contact Elizabeth Rhodes at erhodes@ywcacm.org or 508-767-2505 ext. 3188.

Domestic Violence 101 Workshop Registration

  • Workshop Selection

    Please select which workshops you would like to attend below. We strongly recommend that participants attend the entire series from beginning to end within one month.
  • Upon clicking "submit" your information will be sent to a Prevention Advocate who will later contact you to confirm your registration and arrange payment.