Training Topics

Please note that we are based in Minnesota. If you are from another state, please search for state-specific domestic violence resources and trainings here.

To request a presentation in the Twin Cities, MN area, use our presentation request form here or email our Education and Outreach Coordinator at If you have questions, call 651-726-5233.

Domestic Violence 101

Learn about warning signs of domestic abuse, the cycle of power and control, and facts & figures about how this issue affects our community. This presentation will cover the various forms of domestic abuse (physical, emotional, sexual/reproductive, financial, and digital), in addition to information about local domestic violence resources and how to help oneself or a peer who may be in an abusive relationship. This presentation can be modified to meet the learning needs of a particular group (i.e. younger students, professional caregivers, healthcare practitioners, volunteers, etc.).

Homelessness and Domestic Violence

This presentation explores the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence, the long-lasting impacts that create barriers for victims to attain safe, stable, long-term housing, the 3 different types of protective orders, tools for self-advocacy and support through understanding tenant/housing rights (MN Statute 504b and VAWA), and actionable steps and resources for housing advocates, landlords, property managers, and others working within a housing capacity, to support the safety and wellbeing of domestic violence victim/survivors.

Women’s Advocates 101

Women’s Advocates is part of the legacy of protecting victims and survivors of domestic violence in our country.  Learn about how this organization was founded and its impact on our community since 1974.  Learn about how to become engaged in our mission and about each of our program’s impacts on the lives of women and children.

Dating Violence 101 (Youth Specific)

Learn about the various forms of dating abuse (physical, emotional, sexual/reproductive, digital, financial), risk factors, warning signs, and impacts. This presentation will also cover the cycle of abuse and safety tips for oneself or peers who may be experiencing dating abuse. During this presentation, participants will learn how to recognize the difference between an unhealthy or abusive relationship and a healthy, respectful relationship built on trust and equality.

Engaging Boys & Men in Violence Prevention

Learn about male violence perpetration against women, as well as easy strategies to get men and boys more involved in violence prevention efforts by building on their strengths. This presentation will use the concept of fatherhood and research on father-daughter dynamics and brother-sister dynamics as a lens to explore ways in which men and boys can advocate on behalf of women and girls and help contribute to a world in which everyone is treated equally and with respect.

Healthy Relationships 101

Learn about how survivors may be negatively impacted by dating abuse or abusive friendships. This presentation focuses on ways to guide teenagers and young adults to learn strategies that can help them build healthier relationships with their partners and friends. Participants will learn the core components of a healthy relationship, healthy communication strategies, how to establish trust and respect and advocate for oneself in a relationship or friendship, and information about safety resources.

LGBTQ+ Dating Violence 101

Learn how LGBTQ+ youth may be negatively impacted by dating violence, how their gender and sexual identities may be used against them by their abusers, and how victim service providers can value and empower LGBTQ+ survivors and collaborate with LGBTQ+ organizations to become more inclusive. This presentation will also offer information about local domestic and dating violence resources for LGBTQ+ victims.

Digital Abuse

Learn about various forms of digital dating abuse and cyberbullying as carried out through social media and technology, ways that digital dating abuse and cyberbullying impact victims, and how to identify unhealthy digital behaviors in an intimate relationship or friendship. This presentation explores how technology and social media, with all their positive contributions to communication and connection, can also be used as a method of power and control. Participants will be able to discuss today’s current social media websites and apps and explore their helpful and dangerous features.

Other presentations are available upon request.

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