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Domestic Violence Spillover: 10 Proactive Strategies for Preventing Workplace Attacks

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

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 Lastly, participants will learn sensitive, effective techniques for re-connecting with victims who have seemingly withdrawn their cooperation and explore some “last resort” case management options.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.
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Everybody’s Business: Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Would you know how to identify and assist a domestic violence victim at work? Domestic violence is a dangerous and costly problem that lurks in the employee pool of nearly every business. This unique presentation offers professionals a foundational introduction to the issue, it’s impact on the workplace, and the proactive strategies that can prevent on-the-job violence. Beginning with an exploration of the definition, prevalence, types, and forms of intimate partner abuse, training participants will discuss the complex dynamics of abusive relationships and the repetitive sequences that it follows. Next, attendees will examine the effects of domestic violence “spillover” on employees, co-workers, and companies overall. Finally, participants will learn “The 3 R’s”, Recognizing, Responding to, and Referring employee victims of domestic abuse. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of domestic violence and it’s impact on the workplace, as well as practical skills for increasing job safety for all employees.
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The Firewall: How Corporate Security Can Prevent Domestic Violence Attacks

94% of corporate security directors rank domestic violence (DV) as a high security concern, due to the immense safety risks it presents. From communicated threats, to onsite assaults, and mass shootings, DV “spillover” poses a significant danger, accounting for roughly 25-45% of the cases corporate security teams deal with annually. Additionally, American industry is losing over 10 billion dollars a year due to the absenteeism, lost productivity, employee turnover, liability, and increased health care costs associated with DV. Learn how to assess and manage DV threat through this unique, multimedia presentation, facilitated by subject matter expert Lynn Fairweather. This training provides a flexible, practical framework for preventing violent attacks in the workplace, using a combination of theoretical insights and target hardening tactics. The first portion presents cutting edge research, along with key “lessons learned” in real-life workplace homicide cases. Participants will discover what makes DV a “different animal”, and examine key threat assessment concepts for identifying and interpreting risk. In the second half of the training, attendees will explore ways to develop and implement a toolbox of case management strategies that can prevent spillover attacks. Special focus areas include dual-employee cases, mitigating “corollary” risk, working with victims, and collaborating with other departments to obtain and disseminate vital information.
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Batterers at Work: Assessing and Managing the Domestically Violent Employee

Statistically speaking, most large companies have hundreds or even thousands of domestic abusers in their workforce at any given time. These employee-perpetrators can present numerous physical, financial, and legal risks to their employer, particularly if they work alongside their victim. Learn how to identify, assess, and manage domestically violent employees, while gaining a deeper understanding into how they impact your business. Focus features of this unique, multimedia training include compliance and liability issues, proactive policy recommendations, helpful batterer resources, and practical security measures to enhance safety throughout the entire workplace. Attendees will improve their knowledge of employer responsibilities and protections, develop crucial risk evaluation and mitigation skills, and gain fresh new insights into handling this complex and dangerous threat. Includes a special section on situations in which the victim and abuser are co-workers.
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Recognize, Respond and Refer: Domestic Violence Intervention for Managers

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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LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAININGS

The Sexually Violent Batterer: Assessing Risk in Dual Perpetrators

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.
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Recognizing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in Families

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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Snakes in the Grass: Detecting Lethality in the Absence of Reported Physical Abuse

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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Dark Matter: Exploring the Link Between Domestic Violence and Mass Murder

As mass murder events become increasingly more common in America’s public spaces, researchers are discovering that many incidents have roots which are far closer to home. Emerging studies indicate that nearly 60% of mass murders are domestic violence related, presenting the opportunity to help prevent one type of targeted violence by addressing another. In this unique 90 minute training, domestic violence threat assessment expert Lynn Fairweather uses real case examples to demonstrate the connection between domestic violence and mass murder. Participants will explore the mentality and motive of DV related mass murderers, learning risk factors along the way that can help them to identify high-lethality subjects before they strike. Audience members will learn about various risk assessment tools, in addition to micro and macro level response and prevention strategies. Includes a focus on the role of firearms in domestic and public violence, as well as the legal loopholes that often fail to protect both primary and corollary victims.
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Domestic Violence: Officer Safety and Officer Involved

This unique, dual presentation focuses on two high risk aspects of domestic violence, examining both the danger posed to police as first responders, and the danger posed by police as perpetrators. In Part 1, facilitator Lynn Fairweather shows participants why domestic violence incidents are responsible for more officer fatalities than any other type of call. Multimedia content includes current prevalence data, bodycam video, factors impacting officer survival and likelihood of attack, and tips to help keep officers safe “on scene”. Part 2 shifts to the issue of officer-as-abuser, exploring why domestic violence is 4 times as likely to occur in the families of police officers. Learn what makes the officer-perpetrator a particularly dangerous type of batterer, well armed and well trained in control tactics, surveillance, weaponry, and the inner workings of the criminal justice system. Examine screening tools, abuse indicators, risk factors, and real life cases that illustrate the importance of departmental policy and action. Explore case management strategies against the background of the threat assessment principles that guide them, and develop safety plans that can help to protect victims, as well as departments and communities overall. Also includes a section on helping police officers who are victims of domestic violence.
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Strangulation: Risks and Resources

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

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: Stalking Case Study


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORGANIZATION TRAININGS

Advanced Shelter Safety: Proactive Protection Strategies for Staff and Residents

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

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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Dark Matter: Exploring the Link Between Domestic Violence and Mass Murder

As mass murder events become increasingly more common in America’s public spaces, researchers are discovering that many incidents have roots which are far closer to home. Emerging studies indicate that nearly 60% of mass murders are domestic violence related, presenting the opportunity to help prevent one type of targeted violence by addressing another. In this unique 90 minute training, domestic violence threat assessment expert Lynn Fairweather uses real case examples to demonstrate the connection between domestic violence and mass murder. Participants will explore the mentality and motive of DV related mass murderers, learning risk factors along the way that can help them to identify high-lethality subjects before they strike. Audience members will learn about various risk assessment tools, in addition to micro and macro level response and prevention strategies. Includes a focus on the role of firearms in domestic and public violence, as well as the legal loopholes that often fail to protect both primary and corollary victims.
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Prevention Through Foresight: Assessing and Managing Risk in Domestic Violence Cases

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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Domestic Violence Awareness

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

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

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: Stalking Case Study


EAP’S AND HUMAN RESOURCES TRAININGS

Domestic Violence Risks and Resources: What EAP Providers Need to Know

In the United States, domestic violence affects approximately 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 6 men. Most victims of intimate partner abuse work outside the home, and up to 75% experience “spillover”, or incidents of domestic violence that cross into the workplace, ranging from threatening phone calls to deadly mass shootings. Employee Assistance Program providers are in a unique position to recognize, respond to, and refer both victims and abusers, but many lack the training and skills needed to address this complex and dangerous subject. This presentation begins by introducing participants to the issue of domestic violence, and demonstrating how spillover can impact victims, perpetrators, co-workers, and businesses overall. Next, attendees will learn how to screen callers for abuse, and examine options for best practices response and referral. Lastly, the content will explore three common mistakes that EAP providers can make when dealing with domestic violence and offer a toolbox of strategies to improve safety and employee performance outcomes. The training concludes with a list of helpful resources, and an opportunity for Q & A.
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