Training & Events

Community Education Opportunities

The Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Audience: All community members
  • Information about various types of abuse
  • Answering, “Why people stay in violent relationships
  • Responding to those who experience violence
  • Accessing local and national resources

@WOrk: Employers and Domestic Violence

audience: managers, hr professionals at for profit and non profit work places
  • Information about various types of abuse
  • Addressing suspicions of domestic violence among employees
  • Creating an environment where employees are comfortable disclosing
  • Keeping an employee experiencing domestic violence safe at work
  • Accessing local and national resources

LGBTQ+ and Domestic Violence

audience: all community members
  • Information about various types of abuse
  • Barriers for those seeking services
  • Best practices for serving the community
  • Accessing local and national resources

Teen Dating Abuse and Sexual Assault

Audience: Youth
  • Information about various types of abuse
  • Contrasting healthy vs. unhealthy behaviors in relationships
  • Responding to those who experience unhealthy or abuse relationships
  • Accessing youth specific local and national resources

Teen Dating Abuse and Sexual Assault

Audience: Educators and Youth Workers
  • Information about various types of abuse
  • Contrasting healthy vs. unhealthy behaviors in relationships
  • Responding to those who experience unhealthy or abuse relationships
  • Overview of the Indiana Department of Education model policy.
  • Overview of Title IX requirements
  • Prevention strategies
  • Accessing youth specific local and national resources

ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE STUDY: TRAUMA AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Audience: DIRECT SERVICE SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS (CASE MANAGERS, THERAPISTS, ADVOCATES), NURSES, TEACHERS, YOUTH WORKERS
  • History and overview of the ACES
  • The connection between childhood trauma and adult health outcomes
  • Common behaviors and challenges of traumatized individuals
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Overview of cyclical and trans-generational trauma
  • Administering the ACES with clients and counseling them through the score

Medical Professionals and Domestic Violence

audience: health care professionals
  • Information about various types of abuse
  • Common medical issues of those experiencing violence
  • Behaviors of those being victimized and those abusing in a health care setting
  • Screening for domestic violence under the AFA
  • Accessing local resources

Faith Based Community and Domestic Violence

audience: clergy, church leaders, faith community memebrs
  • Information about various types of abuse
  • Creating a culture of disclosure and rejecting all forms of vio-lence
  • Empowering community members to respond
  • Accessing local and national resources

Law Enforcement and Domestic Violence

law enforcement officers and recruits*
  • Information about various types of abuse
  • Investigation techniques for domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Protective order information
  • Accessing local resources and building partnerships with community groups

*DVN is a certified instructor through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and can provide continuing education units

Sex education for advocates

Audience: DIRECT SERVICE SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS (CASE MANAGERS, THERAPISTS, ADVOCATES), NURSES, TEACHERS, YOUTH WORKERS
  • Basic information on birth control and STI prevention methods
  • Discussion of the importance of sex positive messaging
  • How domestic violence and sexual assault victims may respond to discussion of sexuality
  • Overview of legal issues connected to sexual health in the state of Indiana

“In her shoes” simulation

Audience: adults. pairs with our dynamics of domestic violence training. the simulation and dynamics of Domestic Violence training can be facilitated in a 2 hour window.

This interactive experience walks participants through the story of someone experiencing domestic violence. Created by Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, it helps training attendees to understand the difficult choices victims have to make, and witness the real life impact of violence on various communities.

“IN their shoes” simulation

Audience: Adults who work with youth, or youth themselves. can be paired with our teen dating violence and sexual assault training. Two two components can be facilitated in a 2 hour window.

This simulation, also created by WSCADV, tells the story of teens facing teen dating violence. Similar to the adult version, participants walk the story of a character and have to make choices the teen faces.

If you did not find a training that suits your needs, please contact us! We love to create customized trainings related to domestic violence for our community. 

For more information or to schedule a training, please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Mary-Margaret Sweeney, at

msweeney@dvnconnect.org or call 317-872-1086