Last year our Community Educator/Trainers reached more than 20,000 people with informational presentations, professional trainings and prevention programs for schools, civic groups, faith communities and professional audiences throughout our 10 county service area.
Contact a Community Educator/Trainer
For more information or to schedule a trainer, click here or call (502) 581-7206. Education and training is available in Jefferson, Bullitt, Spencer, Shelby, Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties in Kentucky and Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana.
The Center’s Community Education team offers an innovative project that’s currently being presented to schools in our community. The project was funded by a generous grant from Child Victims’ Trust Fund.
In collaboration with local filmmaker Pam Swisher and with help from talented actors at duPont Manual’s Youth Performing Arts School, we’ve created Step In+Speak Up. It’s a video, accompanying curriculum and poster series that aims to prevent seeds of violence from sprouting well before students enter high school. Based on the bystander intervention model of bullying prevention, the program explores dynamics of bullying and helps participants develop practical solutions based on individual experiences in their school communities.
The overarching goal of Step In+Speak Up is to empower kids to recognize their strengths and devise solutions to school violence that enable them to stay safe and save face. As such, the video and curriculum offer several universal intervention strategies aimed at preventing bullying before it ever starts. Click here to invite an Educator to your school for a screening of Step In+ Speak Up.
Click on thumbnails below to download Step In+Speak Up posters.
The first step to mobilizing a community around violence is creating awareness about the issue. At The Center for Women and Families, our education team drives all over our 10 county service area doing just that. An educator is available to come speak with your group about issues related to intimate partner abuse and sexual violence including general overviews of the issues, how teens can have healthy dating relationships, how children are effected by violence, what kinds of services we offer to help, how the community can get involved and even how to stop bullying–an early manifestation of violence.
Preventing Violence Before it Ever Happens
While direct service is the heart of what we do here at The Center for Women and Families, prevention is our passion. As an agency, we envision a world in which this violence does not exist. With that goal in mind, we implement several long-term programs designed to reach youth before violence has occurred in their lives and to give them skills to prevent it. Each of the programs we offer is research based and can be tailored to the unique dynamics of your group. Whether you are looking for a program that empower bystanders to help prevent violence by giving them valuable intervention skills, seeking a program that looks at a spectrum of violence in youths’ lives, or searching for a program that focuses on adults as parents and youth mentors, we have a program for you!
The Center for Women and Families’ training team specializes in knowledge and skills-based training which equips professionals to respond to domestic violence and sexual assault. Whether it be a training on screening and responding to abuse among patients for healthcare professionals, understanding and responding to domestic and sexual violence in the workplace for business professionals, or a training specifically crafted to meet the needs of your organization, we are here to ensure your staff receive the best training available on issues related to domestic and sexual violence. We can even assist in the application process for continuing education units or provide follow-up consultation to help your organization best integrate practices taught during training sessions.
Building Strong Partnerships in Our Community!
The Louisville Metro Coalition to Prevent Teen Dating Violence brings together organizations and individuals in our community who are concerned about the epidemic of dating violence and sexual assault among teens and who want to do their part to stop it. The Coalition aims to understand the scope of this epidemic through a number of activities including assessing communities through qualitative and quantitative research methods, investigating past efforts, and piloting primary prevention programs among high school students as well as institutionalized youth. The Coalition also strives to increase networking and resources among providers while simultaneously serving as a tool to raise community awareness. Together, the Coalition envisions a city where the reduction of initial perpetration and victimization of power-based, personal violence among teens within romantic relationships can become a reality for Louisville Metro.