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Presage Offers Customized Training on a Variety of Domestic Violence Topics



Domestic Violence Spillover: 10 Proactive Strategies for Preventing Workplace Attacks

90 minutes

This unique training aims to help prevent domestic violence related attacks in the workplace by focusing on proactive safety measures. Ms. Fairweather combines her 20 years of field experience with her knowledge of threat assessment and management to offer participants a new outlook on workplace security. Her new Prezi format training uses real case examples to show how domestic violence “spillover” occurs, and explains how to identify potentially lethal situations and offenders. Included is information on target hardening, applying key threat assessment techniques to high risk cases, and encouraging communication and preventative policies within an organization. Participants will leave with increased knowledge about evaluating and handling domestic violence risk and new ideas for reducing the likelihood of an attack in their facilities.
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Advanced Victim Engagement and Retention

60-90 minutes (longer version includes group practice exercise)

What do corporate, criminal justice system, and victim services professionals cite as their biggest challenge in dealing with domestic violence cases? Victims who refuse assistance, return to dangerous relationships, or align with their abuser, despite the helper’s best efforts to intervene. Domestic violence threat assessment expert Lynn Fairweather takes on this difficult issue by offering practical ideas on how to increase awareness, bring victims “to the table”, and keep them engaged in the process so they can receive all the help that is available. Beginning with an exploration of “victim defection” issues, Ms. Fairweather walks attendees through best practices in initial approach and subsequent communication. Then the focus turns to cultivating a true understanding of victim perspective and uncovering the real reasons that victims might deny abuse or refuse to follow safety plans. Lastly, participants will learn sensitive, effective techniques for re-connecting with victims who have seemingly withdrawn their cooperation and explore some “last resort” case management options. This training is appropriate for a variety of professionals who have contact with victims of domestic violence.


The Sexually Violent Batterer: Assessing Risk in Dual Perpetrators

60-90 minutes

Research shows that domestic violence perpetrators who also sexually abuse their intimate partner are an exceptional group, a “different breed” of abuser that is potentially far more dangerous than one who physically abuses alone. Learn about the characteristics, tactics, and motives of so-called “dual perpetrators” and discover how to assess their behavior with an eye toward femicide prevention. Participants will explore the issue of intimate partner sexual violence and recognize risk factors associated with perpetrator lethality. Sensitive, culturally competent victim screening practices will be covered, as well as the utility of actuarial assessment tools. This training is appropriate for law enforcement, advocates, health workers, and criminal justice professionals.


Recognizing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in Families 

90 minutes

This new training aims to teach professional clinicians how to identify and react to the presence of partner violence within the family unit. The content features an overview of the impact, foundations, and dynamics of abuse followed by concrete information about the signs of family violence and suggestions for how to respond. Includes sample scripts for approaching suspected victims, referral resources, and a question and answer session. Participants will leave with an increased knowledge of intimate partner violence and new skills for screening and assisting affected clients.
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Advanced Shelter Safety: Proactive Protection Strategies for Staff and Residents 

90 minutes – 3 hours

This interactive training examines the safety concerns facing domestic violence shelters, and helps participants learn to mitigate their risk through preparation and proactive assessment. Participants will learn the markers of a high lethality situation and the foundations of personal safety, and then practice these skills by brainstorming ideas in three shelter safety scenarios. Attendees will leave with a comprehensive toolbox of safety ideas including information on using de-escalation, assertiveness, escape options, and technology to ward off attacks.
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Snakes in the Grass: Detecting Lethality in the Absence of Reported Physical Abuse

90 minutes

Do some femicides and familicides really occur “out of nowhere”? Reported physical abuse is an obvious risk factor for intimate partner homicide, but what about the 20-30% of killings that don’t have an apparent abuse history? This workshop focuses on how dangerous cases can slip through the cracks due to a lack of documented violence, and what lethality traits often appear in seemingly stable situations. Learn about the prevalence and common denominators of such cases, characteristics of offenders, markers of imminent danger, and the signs of system collapse that can end in tragedy. Includes case examples and implications for safety planning. Appropriate for audiences with an advanced understanding of domestic violence and risk assessment.
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Make it Your Business: Domestic Violence in the Workplace 

2 hours

Years ago, the common belief about domestic violence was that it was a “family matter”, a “private issue” that need not involve anyone other than the couple involved. But in the new millenium, each day brings fresh headlines about tragic cases in which co-workers, employers, customers, and other innocent bystanders become casualties of abusive rage. Presage’s newest training is aimed at laypeople (specifically employees and employers) who may be in a unique position to recognize and respond to the emergence of potentially lethal situations.

This 2 hour training teaches individuals to increase their awareness of domestic abuse, identify signs that a co-worker or employee may be in danger, and learn how to intervene with sensitivity and effectiveness. Employers will also acquire information about how to make their employees safer and foster a secure, supportive work environment. The multi-media presentation includes a basic Domestic Violence Awareness course to lay a foundation knowledge for participants before exploring more complex themes and situations.

Optional Add-on (30-60 minutes) Workplace Attack Case Study
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Prevention Through Foresight: Assessing and Managing Risk in Domestic Violence Cases

90 minutes or 3 hours (depending on depth of detail and audience)

The work of threat assessment and management, practiced by groups such as the Secret Service, is designed to prevent targeted violence against politicians, celebrities, and other highly valued individuals. Now imagine that one of society’s least protected classes, battered women, could have access to the same knowledge and insight.

Lynn Fairweather, M.S.W., an abuse survivor and 22-year veteran of the domestic violence field has trained extensively alongside private protection firms and government entities in the art of evaluating and managing deadly threats. She now brings these skills to the fight on violence against women in an effort to instruct those who deal with victims and offenders on preventing intimate partner homicide in their own communities. Through threat assessment concepts such as “leakage” and “target hardening” the Prevention Through Foresight training teaches participants how to recognize potentially lethal situations and construct effective, collaborative interventions. Learning objectives for attendees include:

Increase knowledge of Intimate Partner Homicide (IPH)
Understand the core principles of threat assessment and management as they relate to prevention of IPH
Recognize the signs of imminent risk
Appreciate the unique challenges of assessing and managing high lethality domestic violence cases
Establish a framework for creating high risk safety plans
Learn new management strategies
Examine the coordinated community response model

Beyond just defining a problem and providing statistics, this workshop offers concrete tools and new ideas for practitioners struggling with the highest risk cases. Participants will leave with an enhanced understanding of the dynamics of IPH, workable practice initiatives, and unique perspectives on how to reduce domestic violence related deaths. Appropriate for all audiences with a general understanding of domestic violence.
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Recognize, Respond and Refer: Domestic Violence Intervention for Managers 

10 minutes

This quick overview of the 3 R’s (Recognize. Respond, and Refer) offer managerial or supervisory staff a basic guide for handling disclosures of domestic violence. Included are examples of how domestic violence affects the workplace, signs that an employee may be abused, referral guidelines, and sample scripts for practice.
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Domestic Violence Awareness 

30 – 60 minutes (depending on depth of detail and audience)

This interactive presentation covers the basics of domestic violence including dynamics, types of abuse, myths and facts, and cycles of violence. Also discussed are reasons why victims stay, and how to support survivors. Appropriate for all audiences with a limited or varying understanding of domestic violence.
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Strangulation: Risks and Resources 

60 minutes

This one-hour training will introduce the basic elements of neck anatomy, methods and effects of strangulation, and recognizable signs and symptoms with a focus on the roles of law enforcement, advocates, and prosecutors. Particular emphasis is on the importance of medical attention and thorough information gathering. Includes photos and video of strangulation related material, plus statistical data from the San Diego Study. Appropriate for audiences with a general to advanced understanding of domestic violence.
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The Psychology of Stalking 

60 – 90 minutes (depending on the addition or subtraction of case study)

Are all stalkers mentally ill? How does stalking affect the victim? What are the best strategies for victims and law enforcement to utilize when dealing with stalkers? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this one-hour training exploring the common characteristics/tactics of stalkers and the prominent typologies used to classify them. This presentation is appropriate for law enforcement, advocacy groups, and other criminal justice, mental health, or human resources professionals.
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Optional Add-on (30 minutes): Stalking Case Study