If you would like to advertise your community training on this calendar, please contact Megan Baak at mbaak@conferencecaw.org.


Train-the-Trainer: Working with & Advocating for Survivors of DV
February 20, 2020: Caldwell, TX

In February, Krista Fultz and Jordyn Lawson from Genesis Women's Shelter & Support led an engaging and thought-provoking discussion on how we can best support and build community empathy for survivors. Multiple professionals from Caldwell and the surrounding area came to this "Train-the-Trainer: Working with & Advocating for Survivors of DV" workshop, and learned about stages of change, why a woman may not leave a relationship, and how to safety plan effectively.


Witness or Victim? Children & Intimate Partner Violence
October 17-18, 2019: Corsicana & Bryan, TX

In October, Ray Goins and Ronnie Johnson from Purple Badge Consulting and Tamara Hudgins from the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma trained over 50 advocates, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and public health officials on the dynamics of domestic violence and how children are affected.

Attendees were trained on the specifics of generational trauma and the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey (ACES). Additionally, the presenters conducted a simulation interview, in which attendees used their knowledge and skills to conduct an on-scene interview with a child who had witnessed a family violence incident.

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Identifying, Investigating, & Prosecuting Strangulation Crimes
August 19-20, 2019: Corsicana & Bryan, TX

In August, Kelsey McKay, founder of Respond Against Violence, trained over 80 law enforcement officers, advocates, prosecutors, and medical professionals in Corsicana and Bryan on the importance of identifying, investigating, and prosecuting strangulation. Women who experience intimate partner violence are at a 68% higher risk of being strangled. Women who have been strangled by an intimate partner are 750% more likely to be killed.

Kelsey discussed non-physical evidence that can be gathered after a strangulation incident; the correlation between strangulation and mass murders, serial killings, and other crimes; and the importance of a developing a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) surrounding this highly lethal, often missed crime to ensure victims receive the medical care and justice they deserve.

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IPV & Digital Abuse: What Can We Do?
June 17-18, 2019: Corsicana & Bryan, TX

ICCR traveled to Corsicana on June 17 and Bryan on June 18 to conduct their first community training of the 2019-20 Cohort. The first training conducted by Bronwyn Blake from the Texas Advocacy Project, "IPV & Digital Abuse: What Can We Do?", discussed the ins-and-outs of digital abuse within the context of intimate partner violence, as well as reviewed common ways abusers use technology. One attendee remarked that "all of the training was relevant, and the cyber-bullying section was very useful due to a recent victim who came to [their] office for help."

John Vanek from Vanek Consulting conducted the second training entitled "Keys to Collaborative Success", which was open to ICCR Fellows and key community stakeholders.

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In Her Shoes: Living with Teen Dating Violence
February 27, 2019: Vernon, TX

Teenagers from Vernon Middle School and High School attended "In Her Shoes: Living with Teen Dating Violence", presented by Genesis Women's Shelter & Support. Through this training, students learned about the harsh realities and prevalence of dating violence, and what they can do to empower themselves and their friends.  One student remarked, "You should encourage your friends, and tell them that they deserve something better."

In the evening, parents, teachers, and professionals came to hear "Recognizing & Preventing Unhealthy Teen Relationships", presented by Jordyn Lawson. The training focused on what signs may indicate dating violence is occurring, and how to support individuals experiencing it. 

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Increasing Victim & Officer Safety

December 17-18, 2018: Vernon, TX

"Increasing Victim & Officer Safety" presented by Douglas Burig and Mark Wynn. Law enforcement officers, probation/parole officials, dispatchers, and other community members came to learn about the dangers of responding to domestic violence calls, and the precautions necessary to protect both the victim and officers.

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In Her Shoes & Safety Planning 101
August 24, 2018: Vernon, TX 

"In Her Shoes" and "Safety Planning 101" presented by Genesis Women's Shelter & Support.  It was incredible to see an entire community working together to eliminate the systemic barriers survivors face when fleeing abuse.

One participant said it perfectly: "Community partnership is huge. We have to work together and open up the lines of communication."

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Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in the Justice System

July 9, 2018: Vernon, TX

Justin Boardman of Boardman Training and Consulting and Kortney Durrant Hughes presented “Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in the Justice System”.