Violence Prevention Education

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Violence Prevention Education is a key pillar of YWCA’s Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention Program. In order to break the cycle of violence we must educate the community on what healthy relationships look like, how to identify the warning signs of intimate partner violence and child abuse, how to provide support and to victims and survivors, and what to do if you suspect someone is experiencing domestic violence. As a community, we can work together to build safe neighborhoods, homes and schools.

Trainings and presentations are available for your workplace, classrooms or community groups. View the available topics and online resources below. To schedule a presentation or training, or if you would like more information about a violence prevention topic not listed here, please contact Carol Smith to discuss the possibility of designing a unique presentation tailored specifically for your group.

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Violence Prevention Topics

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.

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. The types of training include:

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. We discuss the services offered by YWCA Greater Lafayette 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 the dynamics and health consequences of abuse and the reasons why a patient might stay in an abusive relationship. We also examine 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.

This presentation is interactive and specifically tailored to a teen audience. We look at video clips, songs currently popular on the radio, and music videos to gain 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

The primary audience for this presentation is community groups, workplaces, and religious organizations. We discuss the prevalence and dynamics of domestic violence and focus on concrete steps 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.

YWCA Greater Lafayette does not discriminate in the delivery of services or benefits based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity.