Women’s Center & Shelter operates an education program on intimate partner violence awareness and prevention. This program delivers hands-on training and informative presentations to criminal justice professionals, students, clergy, private corporations and public organizations.
Teaching Awareness Where It Matters Most
By focusing efforts on the individuals and organizations most likely to encounter the victims of intimate partner violence, such as in hospitals or with local law enforcement, the program helps improve the quality of care and support victims receive. Between 2015 and 2016, Women’s Center & Shelter trained nearly 2,000 professionals on the warning signs and risks of partner violence and domestic abuse, over half of which were in the criminal justice field.
Bringing Domestic Abuse Education to Schools
Using the nationally-recognized Hands Are Not For Hurting curriculum, Women’s Center & Shelter delivers targeted and approachable domestic abuse education to middle and high schools within the Pittsburgh Public School District. Over 100 programs were successfully completed in the 2015-2016 school year alone, educating youth on domestic violence prevention and the realities of teen dating violence.
These efforts are aimed at interrupting the cycle of intergenerational abuse, offering new perspectives and information about the types of domestic abuse while children are still able to learn and grow. By teaching safe and healthy relationship goals, the program empowers both young boys and girls and encourages an honest discussion about domestic abuse and the components of a truly healthy relationship.
Developing Customized Training Programs
The education department also creates and delivers customized intimate partner violence trainings to meet the specific needs of various professional groups. In the past, Women’s Center & Shelter has worked with therapists, child protective workers, school and healthcare personnel, Employee Assistant Programs, hotline service providers, local businesses and major corporations.
These workshops are tailored to the exact needs of each agency to ensure the highest level of efficacy and understanding within each group. This can include specialized programs training groups to work with consumers who may be affected by ongoing domestic abuse, need to understand the effects of intimate partner violence and children, or want to offer safety planning with victims.
If you are interested in purchasing or learning more about the school-based curriculum or any of our educational programs, please contact the Education Director at 412.687.8017 ext. 341