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If you have any questions, please contact Brandi Gbemisola, community engagement specialist, at 401-467-9940 or brandi@ricadv.org

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is proud to offer a biannual training calendar with workshops and trainings covering a wide variety of topics related to domestic violence awareness and prevention. This year, we have expanded our focus to include specific trainings geared toward community members.

Our advocacy training sessions will continue to focus on supporting advocates in their work by exploring best practices, expanding and deepening advocates' knowledge and building skills for work in the field. Through our community workshops, we will share information and provide context through the experiences of survivors of abuse and advocates for any individual interested in learning more about domestic violence.

PLEASE NOTE: Our trainings will be hosted online until further notice to continue to protect the safety and wellbeing of training session attendees and presenters. The RICADV will offer trainings remotely via Zoom.com video conferencing, with discussion and support.

In an effort to go paperless, we phased out our training calendar postcards.


RICADV Upcoming Trainings

Trainings for advocates

Domestic Violence 101: Two-part series
Part one - Dynamics of Domestic Violence
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021

Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10
Presenters: Elissa May Franklin, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) coordinator and Sara Eckhoff, law enforcement training coordinator - Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This comprehensive two-part training provides a necessary foundation for advocates aiming to support survivors and help end domestic violence. During part one of the training session, participants will learn about the dynamics and forms of abuse, including patterns of abusive behaviors, the cycle of violence, power and control tactics, the various barriers survivors face and the impact of domestic violence on survivors and their children.

Part two - Applying Concepts: Interactive Case Study

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 

Time: 10 a.m.

Cost: $10
CEUs will be provided*

The second part of this training focuses on key concepts in survivor empowerment, foundational aspects of victim advocacy, bystander intervention and state and national resources. During this session, participants will work with two interactive case examples to connect and apply concepts learned during this training.

*Must attend both sessions to recieve CEU 

Elissa May Franklin is the SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) coordinator at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Prior to joining the team at the RICADV, Elissa coordinated volunteers, including a survivor speakers’ bureau, and provided counseling and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence in Massachusetts. She is passionate about empowerment and equity for survivors of violence, and hopes to create just and positive changes to Rhode Island communities. Elissa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a youth mentoring agency after graduating from Lesley University, and earned a master’s degree in macro social work from Boston University.

Sara Eckhoff is the law enforcement training coordinator at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Prior to her work at the RICADV, Sara served as advocacy coordinator at Day One, a sexual assault and trauma resource center in Providence, where she provided advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes. Additionally, she served as a law enforcement advocate, assisting survivors of violence through the criminal justice process at four police departments in southern Rhode Island. Sara earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Holocaust and genocide studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


Immigration Relief for Victims of Crime
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: $10
Presenters:
Cecily Kerr Ziegler, staff attorney - Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
CEUs will be provided

Immigrant victims are often reluctant to seek help, report crime and cooperate with law enforcement due to fear of deportation from the United States. Immigration relief for crime victims is an essential part of finding safety, protection and healing. Obtaining legal immigration status for victims can restore a measure of safety and security to their lives, because it removes the threat of deportation - a threat that is systematically weaponized by abusers and other criminals in the perpetration of crimes against immigrants. This training will provide a brief background on some basic immigration concepts and statuses. Participants will discuss immigrant vulnerability to crime, explore options immigrant victims may have to legalize their status and learn several types of applications specific to immigrant crime victims though case examples.

Cecily Kerr Ziegler is a staff attorney at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, where she manages the Immigrant Victims’ Rights Project and continues to advise and represent immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and other crimes. She received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her juris doctorate degree from University of Connecticut School of Law. Following a federal clerkship in the District of Connecticut, she spent her first five years of practice at a private firm in Connecticut doing criminal defense/government investigations work. She spent the next five years working at Connecticut Legal Services where she practiced special education law, ran a clinic to help immigrant workers recover unpaid wages and practiced immigration law on behalf of victims of domestic violence and other crimes. Cecily received the Domestic Violence Program of Crossroads’ 2017 Advocacy Award, the Women’s Resource Center’s 2017 Wild Women Victim Advocacy Champion Award and the Adoption Rhode Island’s 2019 Advocacy Award for her work. She also serves as co-chairperson of the R.I. Adult /Labor Trafficking Work Group, and sits on the advisory board of the Roger Williams University School of Law Pro Bono Collaborative. 


Economic Empowerment Train-the-Trainer
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10
Presenters:
Claudia Cardozo, community development manager - HarborOne Bank and Damaris Roman, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR) member - Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Through this session, trainers learn how to further empower survivors through financial literacy. Economic abuse is a tactic many abusers use to maintain power and control over their partners. Victims of abuse are often left with little income, poor credit and a feeling of dependence on their abusers for basic living needs. We invite advocates and staff members from community-based organizations to this "train-the-trainer" session on The Allstate Foundation's Moving Ahead Curriculum. This session will provide attendees with an overview of financial literacy, instructions on how to use this tool and free copies of the curriculum.


Claudia Cardozo is a community development manager at HarborOne Bank, helping individuals and families improve their financial capability since 2012. She is an economic development professional with over 10 years of experience assisting small businesses and nonprofits across Rhode Island. Claudia serves on the board of directors of Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Rhode Island Kids Count, and is an advisory board member of the United Way of Rhode Island. In 2010, Claudia was named the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island District office, and in 2013, Rhode Island’s Latino Public Radio recognized her with an Outstanding Achievement Award for her contributions to the Latino business community. She also received the Ronald McDonald House Community Service Award in 2014.

Damaris Roman is a mother, teacher, pastor and survivor of domestic abuse, who has been advocating for domestic violence awareness as a member of SOAR since 2016. Empowered by her experiences and the support she found along the way, Damaris has become an active spokesperson for SOAR as well as a member of the Allstate Survivors’ Network, a national survivors’ speakers’ bureau. She has advocated for the passage of legislation to protect victims of domestic violence and their children. Damaris serves on the board of the RICADV. She speaks to audiences about financial recovery after domestic abuse to share hope and inspiration with other survivors.


Human Trafficking Assessment for Domestic Violence Shelters and Programs
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: $10
Presenter:
Paula Gomez Stordy, M.Ed., senior director of national training and TA (technical assistance) at the National Latin@ Network, a project of Casa de Esperanza

Social service advocates and advocates for domestic and sexual assault survivors play a critical role in identifying the intersection of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in their work with clients. This training will describe the importance of culturally responsive methods in engaging survivors of human trafficking to provide the necessary supports needed to empower victims. This framework is a holistic approach to assess human trafficking, underscoring the importance of survivor trust and wellbeing. Training will include the presentation of the “Human Trafficking Screening Tool and Reference Guide for Latin@s Accessing Domestic Violence Shelters and Programs,” a product of Casa de Esperanza.

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Paula Gomez Stordy has more than 25 years of experience working in social services, of which 17 years were in nonprofit management. She is the senior director of National Training and Technical Assistance for Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a national resource center with a focus on providing training, research and policy advocacy to prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault. She directs national training and technical assistance overseeing federal grants, programming and supervising staff to enhance culturally responsive approaches and capacity to both mainstream and culturally specific organizations across the country.

Paula has served in key positions within various institutions including courts, hospitals, shelters and community-based programs to enhance the safety, health and inclusion of individuals and families. As a consultant, she supported organizations with fundraising, board development, mentoring and training. Paula has served as an adjunct professor at Merrimack College teaching Social Justice: Theory and Practice where she conducted research on the leadership of women of color.


Legislative Advocacy Workshop (LAW) 101
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
Presenters:
John Wesley, director of policy and advocacy and Ian Colomer, policy specialist – Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

During this workshop, participants will learn about legislation that impacts survivors of domestic violence, basic legislative advocacy skills and tips for testifying in legislative sessions. Participants will gain knowledge of the structure of the legislative branch of the R.I. government and learn how a bill becomes law. This workshop is open to advocates, community members and anyone who wants to use their voice to make a difference.

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John Wesley is the director of policy and advocacy at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), where he focuses on policy and systems advocacy related to domestic violence prevention and resiliency for survivors and children who witness violence. John received a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and a juris doctorate degree from New England Law in Boston, Mass. During his law studies, he represented juveniles and clients with mental health disabilities in legal clinics. After law school, John worked as a staff attorney at the Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse, New York, representing victims of domestic violence and impoverished clients in trial court and appeals.

Ian Colomer is the policy specialist at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Ian joined the RICADV team in 2016, shortly after graduating from Roger Williams University (RWU) with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a concentration in anthropology and sociology. In his current role, Ian oversees the RICADV’s data collection system and provides technical assistance to the RICADV’s member agencies and staff members. During the state legislative session each year, Ian supports the RICADV’s policy agenda, which includes monitoring legislation, creating fact sheets and conducting advocacy at the R.I. State House. 


Trainings for community members


A Journey Through Faith: Community Conversation
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Presenters:
Patricia Rivera, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR) member - Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Rev. Keila Rodriguez, founder and director of the Step Up CenterGloria Dei Lutheran 

Join us for this special event which will lift up the experiences of one SOAR member, Patricia, as she discusses how she found support and healing in her faith community. Hear from a leader in Patricia's faith community, the Rev. Keila Rodriguez, as she discusses her experiences identifying domestic violence and supporting and empowering survivors. This is a community event open to all members of every faith community to engage in a thoughtful discussion about how we can support survivors of domestic violence.

Patricia Rivera has been an active member of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) since October 2002. Patricia has provided many educational presentations about domestic violence and children who witness abuse, and has worked on various legislative projects at SOAR. She is one of the original writers and performers of the award-winning play, "Behind Closed Doors" at Trinity Repertory Company, based on real stories about domestic violence. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with Cum Laude honors from University of Rhode Island. She also received the PAFF Outstanding Woman Student Award, the Psychology Department award and the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society award for Excellence in Leadership. Patricia is a mother of five children and six grandchildren.

The Rev.  Keila  Rodriguez has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and school administrator. Along with her husband and three children, she came to Providence as a missionary in October 1997. In early 1998, she joined Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Providence, R.I. From this platform,  Keila  has been working as community organizer. In 2000, she founded the nonprofit Step Up Center. Since then, the Step Up Center has been serving the community with a variety of programs including the School of Music and Fine Arts, ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, tutoring, domestic violence survivor advocacy and accompaniment services and support for seniors and immigration.


Breaking the Cycle: Understanding Teen Dating Violence
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5
Presenters: Angela Marandola, programs manager, Katie Brown Educational Program and Haley, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) member - Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This presentation will provide participants with a foundational explanation of the dynamics of teen dating violence for advocates, youth professionals and community members. The training will provide an overview of the impact of teen dating violence and the forms of violence victims may experience as well as the barriers victims may face when attempting to seek safety or support. A member of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) will share her personal experiences of teen dating violence and discuss ways to support a friend or loved one who may be experiencing this type of abuse.

Angela Marandola works for the Katie Brown Educational Program as programs manager. KBEP is a local, evidence-based relationship violence prevention program devoted to prevention education, and serves as a resource for school districts, community organizations and other health and education professionals. Prior to her role at KBEP, Angela worked for various nonprofits that addressed the needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors. Her previous roles include work as a victim advocate, sexual response coordinator for the Rhode Island National Guard, education coordinator and Health Equity Zone (HEZ) coordinator.

Haley has been a member of SOAR since 2019. She is passionate about educating others about dating violence through her personal experience. Haley is committed to ending the shame and fear that can make a survivor hide and abusers silence their victims. Haley has presented to numerous college-aged audiences about her experiences and continues to be an advocate for education about teen dating violence through social media campaigns and webinars. Haley has also participated as a panelist in RICADV’S Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign launch. Haley shares her story because she is proud of what she and so many other survivors have overcome and wants to be a voice for others who share similar experiences. She hopes her story can educate others to prevent abuse before it starts. Haley began her career in biotech, shortly after graduating from Emmanuel College with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and currently she is working to develop gene therapies for rare diseases.


Understanding the Basics: Domestic Violence and Its Impact
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $5
Presenters: Elissa May Franklin, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) coordinator and Kathy McCormick, SOAR member - Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This training provides an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact on survivors and children who witness abuse and steps each of us can take to better support survivors and prevent domestic violence by examining the personal experience of a domestic violence survivor - one of the trainers. Through the examination of Kathy's story and real life examples, participants will have a unique and "inside" view of the most commonly experienced forms of domestic violence. Participants will gain a better understanding of the dynamics that take place in abusive relationships and how these dynamics impact the lives of survivors.
 

Elissa May Franklin is the SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) coordinator at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Prior to joining the team at the RICADV, Elissa coordinated volunteers, including a survivor speakers’ bureau, and provided counseling and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence in Massachusetts. She is passionate about empowerment and equity for survivors of violence, and hopes to create just and positive changes to Rhode Island communities. Elissa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a youth mentoring agency after graduating from Lesley University, and earned a master’s degree in macro social work from Boston University.

Kathy McCormick is the mother of three boys, a grandmother, a survivor of domestic violence and has been a SOAR member since 2012. She is the assistant vice president of accounting at a large public corporation. She serves on the board of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, and shares her experiences to advocate for economic justice, including an increased minimum wage and paid sick and safe time for survivors, to educate a wide range of audiences including law students, health care workers and military personnel about the dynamics of abuse, and in the award-winning play, “Behind Closed Doors,” based on real stories about domestic violence.


Offering Hope through Advocacy: A Victim/Survivor Services Panel
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time: 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Presenters:
Fanta Phannavong, program manager for Victim Services Program - Center for Southeast Asians, Lisy de la Roca, director of social programs - Progreso Latino, Megan Whelan, court advocate -Women’s Resource Center, Olivia Frank, domestic violence program volunteer coordinator - Crossroads Rhode Island, Zaida Hernandez, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) member – Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Gina Scordino, director of advocacy services - Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center

It isn’t always easy reaching out for support, especially for those who are victims and survivors of domestic violence. The process may seem intimidating for some, but it is critical everyone in our community is aware of the advocacy services that are offered, and how to access the help and support these services provide. This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for the community, including friends and family of victims and survivors, to learn more about services available that can help to empower victims and survivors to take back their lives. The speakers on this panel are advocates from different agencies serving victims of domestic violence and their families, related community agencies and a SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationship) member.

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Navigating the R.I. Legal System as a Domestic Violence Survivor
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (previously scheduled for May 11)

Time: 4 p.m.
Cost: $5
Presenters:
Laurie Williams, law enforcement advocate and Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR) member - Women's Resource Center (WRC) and Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sara Eckhoff, law enforcement training coordinator – Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This training offers a foundation for survivors and community members aiming to learn more about navigating the legal system in Rhode Island. This training will provide participants with an overview of the legal process, from reporting an incident to the police, to the investigative phase and as the case makes its way to the courthouse. The training facilitators will examine topics including R.I. laws related to domestic violence, bail and protective orders. Additionally, this training will look at barriers individuals who engage the R.I. legal system face, victims' rights, safety concerns and resources that can assist with navigating each level of the legal system.

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Sara Eckhoff is the law enforcement training coordinator at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Prior to starting her work at the RICADV, Sara worked as advocacy coordinator at Day One, a sexual assault and trauma resource center in Providence, where she provided advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes. Additionally, she served as a law enforcement advocate, assisting survivors of violence through the criminal justice process at four police departments in southern Rhode Island. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Holocaust and genocide studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Laurie Williams is a member of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) and she is a law enforcement advocate at the Women’s Resource Center. She joined SOAR in 2013 and began working as an advocate in 2019. Her passion for empowering those who feel disconnected and disempowered is apparent in all her interactions with those who have been victimized. Laurie has been active empowering communities with financial literacy knowledge and skills, and engaging the community through digital stories and public service announcements about the dynamics of domestic violence. Laurie believes everyone has the right to live freely and safely, especially in their own homes. Laurie earned her bachelor’s degree in human services and focused her course work on domestic violence and its impact on the individual, the family and society. Prior to working at WRC, Laurie spent four years working with law enforcement as an advocate in Massachusetts after many years of interning and volunteering in the field. Advocating for those victimized by domestic violence was a career change after 30 years of child care services!

 

Past Training Calendars
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