Violence Prevention Education

Listed below are some of our violence prevention presentations aimed at helping the community better understand the dynamics of relationship violence and the resources the YWCA has to offer. To schedule a presentation or training, please contact Tia.

Understanding teen dating violence

This presentation is very interactive and specifically tailored to a teen audience. By analyzing video clips, songs currently popular on the radio, and music videos, teens will get a better understanding of what healthy versus unhealthy relationships look like. Topics discussed include:

•The common forms of dating abuse

•The importance of consent

•The factors that influence someone's decision to stay or leave an abusive relationship

•How to safely end an abusive relationship

Helping friends & loved ones who are in abusive relationships

The primary audience for this presentation is community groups, workplaces, and religious organizations. After discussing the prevalence and dynamics of domestic violence, the presentation focuses on concrete steps one can take to help a friend or family member who is being abused. Much of this presentation focuses on understanding the reasons why victims may not appear to want help, and how to remain a loving supporter of the victim throughout this difficult journey.

Society's response to domestic violence

The primary audience for this presentation is college or graduate student groups who would like to take an in-depth look at the dynamics of intimate partner abuse, how society fails victims through victim-blaming, and how "the system" sometimes fails the victims it is meant to protect.

Intimate partner violence: training for healthcare providers

The exact format for this hands-on training will vary based upon the needs of each unique audience. The type of trainings available range from brief discussions about YWCA services, to annual or semi-annual presentations, to on-going consultation in implementing an office/system-wide protocol for intimate partner violence assessment. Each type of training is further described below:

Brief discussions: This training is ideal for healthcare providers and staff who work in a setting with an established intimate partner violence protocol and who already have both a strong understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence. In this training, we will discuss the services offered by the YWCA for men and women who are experiencing intimate partner abuse.

Annual / semi-annual training: This training is ideal for students in medical programs or for current providers looking for continuing education on intimate partner violence. Participants in this hands-on, active training will come away with a better understanding of 1) the dynamics and health consequences of abuse; 2) reasons why a patient might stay in an abusive relationship; and 3) how to assess, document, and intervene in cases of intimate partner violence in a compassionate, culturally-sensitive way.

On-going consultation: For healthcare offices or systems desiring to implement a new protocol or evaluate an existing protocol for intimate partner violence assessment and intervention, we offer on-going guidance through the process of:

-Choosing the appropriate assessment tool

-Training staff in proper assessment documentation

-Educating staff about community resources for abused patients

-Evaluating protocol efficacy and staff compliance.

If you would like more information about a domestic violence topic not listed above, please contact Jasmine at 765-423-4486 to discuss the possibility of designing a unique presentation tailored specifically for your group.