Training Topics

Foundational Offerings

Women’s Advocates offers online presentations via Zoom. In-person presentations are available upon request for groups located within Minnesota.

We predominantly provide trainings for groups and organizations consisting of:

  • Victim-survivors of domestic and sexual violence 
  • Domestic and sexual violence advocates 
  • Direct social service providers (case managers, social workers, legal advocates, etc.) 
  • Medical and mental health providers

If you are seeking an in-person presentation and you are located outside of Minnesota, please search for state-specific domestic violence resources and trainings here. 

To schedule an online presentation, visit our calendar here or email our Education and Outreach Team at If you have questions, please call 651-726-5233.

Domestic Violence 101

  • Understand the prevalence of domestic violence as a public health concern in Minnesota and beyond
  • Recognize the different forms of abuse, general warning signs/dynamics, and impact on victim-survivors
  • Acknowledge the root causes of domestic violence and barriers to safety while addressing common misconceptions
  • Engage in conversations about domestic violence and support victim-survivors including connecting them to safety resources

Domestic Violence 201

  • Expand understanding of abusive relationship dynamics, deepening knowledge of emotional abuse tactics and the form of abuse known as coercive control;
  • Explore why the general public is historically reluctant to believe survivors who come forward about their abuse; and
  • Gain tools and courage to stand up against victim-blaming and minimization, and help build a culture that believes victim-survivors

How Domestic Violence & Homelessness Impact Survivors’ Mental Health Wellness

  • Discuss the interconnectedness of domestic violence (including childhood abuse), housing instability, and mental health impacts (including substance abuse)
  • Recognize and navigate barriers to safe housing and mental health support
  • Identify warning signs and the power and control dynamics related to housing and mental health concerns
  • Share relevant resources and support systems available for victim-survivors

How to Support Children Through Abuse Related Trauma

  • Recognize the warning signs of child abuse (from a developmental lens) and engage in conversations about abuse with children in a trauma-informed way 
  • Understand how children may experience, react to, and be impacted by abuse-related trauma (including ACES)
  • Support children who have experienced/been exposed to domestic violence through knowledge of healthy communication skills, safety planning, protective resources and resilience promotion

All About Safety Planning

  • Know the different facets of “safety” beyond the physical, and the importance of holistic safety in the lives of victim-survivors
  • Understand the components and considerations of safety planning (including online)
  • Identify when safety may be compromised and create a personalized safety plan related to level of risk (including ongoing support systems and resources to be connected with)

Healthy Relationship Building Blocks

  • Know the components of healthy relationships across the relationship spectrum: friendships, family, intimate partners, colleagues (including trust, healthy communication skills/expectations, emotion regulation)
  • Identify their relationship rights and needs with the support of setting boundaries
  • Recognize red flags and green flags in potential relationship partners

Other Topics Outside of Our Foundational Curriculum

Check out local community organizations for other presentation topics: