The Summer/Fall 2018 Training Calendar is here!

To learn more and to register, please use the links below.

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If you have any questions, please contact Lydia Ezra Guay, Administrative Assistant, at 401-467-9940 or

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Domestic Violence 101Domestic Violence 101

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Cost: $30
Location: Save the Bay, Providence
Presenter: Judith Kinzel, Domestic Violence Training Consultant

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors that one person uses to exert power and control over another in a relationship. Participants will learn about the cycle of violence, barriers to leaving, and available community resources. This core training provides a strong foundation for advocates and community members on how to support victims and help end domestic violence. CEUs will be provided.

Judith Kinzel has worked as a victim advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for over 30 years. She regularly provides training to professionals and community groups, including medical providers and law enforcement.


Understanding the Legal System to Best Assist Survivors of Domestic Violence

Understanding the Legal System to Best Assist Survivors of Domestic Violence

Monday, August 20, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $20
Location: Warwick Public Library
Presenter: Melissa Leahey – Pretrial Services, Rhode Island District Court

This training will provide an overview of the criminal justice system as it relates to domestic violence crimes, from arrest to the court system and sentencing. Roles of significant players within each part of the system will be explored, as will the challenges of advocating for survivors. Protective orders and other resources will also be covered.


Bystander Intervention Strategies to Break the Cycle of Silence

Bystander Intervention Strategies to Break the Cycle of Silence

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $20
Location: Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center 
Presenter: Lucy Rios - Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

In the era of #MeToo, many of us are asking what we can do to change the culture of violence in order to prevent abuse. As concerned community members, parents, and colleagues, we have been moved by the powerful stories shared by survivors, and we want to do our part to cultivate environments where everyone can thrive without the fear or threat of violence. In order to create this reality, we need prepared and engaged bystanders. In this workshop, we will explore safe, creative ways to intervene when we witness or suspect abuse, and share resources geared toward supporting bystanders to say and do something.

Digging Deeper: Working on Domestic Violence Cases within DCYF

Digging Deeper: Working on Domestic Violence Cases within DCYF

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20
Location: Warwick Public Library
Presenter: Kimberly Demers – Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center

This training will help participants gain a deeper understanding of the DCYF system and how DCYF handles domestic violence cases. We will discuss different levels of DCYF’s infrastructure and break down the jargon that DCYF uses when referring to cases. During this training, participants will learn about Rhode Island’s Safe Families Collaboration Project and how domestic violence advocates play a crucial role in the domestic violence cases that involve DCYF. By the conclusion of this training, attendees will know more about working with the family advocates in order to best serve their clients.

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