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Training and Technical Assistance

Community Training

Free training provided by our staff and other subject matter experts includes, and is not limited to: 

  • Coordinated Community Response (CCR)

    Improve your community's response to domestic violence and sexual assault by learning the basics of a Coordinated Community Reponse (CCR).

    If your community is interested in implementing or reinvigorating its Coordinated Community Response
    (CCR) to intimate partner violence, this training will help engage key agencies and individuals in the community to ensure that survivors:

    • receive access to the range of services they need
    • feel empowered to come forward and report by working to improve the response of all agencies that may support survivors
    • are supported by the community

    The paramount principle is the safety of victims, which is sought through regular sensitization training sessions and pursuing systematic changes in the attitudes, norms and practices of service delivery agencies.

    The formation of a multi-disciplinary team is fundamental to this approach, as is community mobilization, to instill a zero tolerance attitude to these crimes, hold agencies accountable to the changes they are seeking to make, and campaign for further reform.

    In addition to providing an introductory training, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is available to model and to lead/support community conversations about pursuing a CCR approach.

  • Domestic Violence 101

    Domestic Violence 101 provides an overview of statistics and answers a few common questions:

    What is domestic violence?
    What does domestic violence look like?
    What are the effects of domestic violence?
    How common is domestic violence?
    How can we support or advocate for people experiencing domestic violence?

  • Domestic Violence 102

    Domestic Violence 102 provides information on how to recognize domestic violence, the short and long-term effects of domestic violence on children, strangulation assaults, stalking, those who choose to perpetrate, and helping create safe families and safe communities.


    Training sessions designed to equip advocates and other professionals with the knowledge and techniques to provide culturally competent responses and support to LGBTQIA+ survivors.

    Providing Culturally Competent Services to LGBTQ+ Survivors: Part 1
    2 hours (four 30-minute consecutive sections)

    Section 1: Cultural Competency
    LGBTQ+ terminology

    Section 2: Federal Mandates and Specific Requirements
    VAWA 2013
    FVPSA nondiscrimination changes for LGBTQ+ survivors

    Section 3: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
    Victimization rates
    Barriers to service

    Section 4: Providing Effective Services
    Visual, written, and verbal tools and techniques for providing inclusive services

    Providing Culturally Competent Services to LGBTQIA+ Survivors: Part 2
    2 hours (four 30-minute consecutive sections)

    Section 1: Cultural Competency 201
    Historical trauma and shared experiences
    Trauma- informed advocacy

    Section 2: Victimization, Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and Stalking
    Victimization rates
    Systems of oppression

    Section 3: Federal Mandates and Specific Requirements
    VAWA 2013
    In-depth guidelines for serving LGBTQ+ survivors
    Comparable services
    Hiring nondiscrimination

    Section 4: Providing Effective Inclusive Services
    Eliminating barriers
    Creating an inclusive space
    Best practices for domestic violence services provider policies

    Advocacy for LGBTQIA+ Survivors: All-Day Workshops
    8 hours (all day)

    Workshop 1: Survivors of Trauma
    Debunking myths
    Impact of anti-trans bathroom laws on survivors
    Increased rates of victimization of trans individuals

    Workshop 2: How to Be an Ally
    How to be an ally
    What to do when, as an ally, you make a mistake

    Workshop 3: Providing Inclusive Services
    Review of core safety plan components and sections
    What to consider
    How to plan
    Safety planning practice activity

    Workshop 4: Providing Effective Services
    In-depth tools and techniques
    Visual, verbal, and written cues
    Affirming referrals
    Understanding bias

  • Plural Relationships

    Training sessions designed to equip advocates and other professionals with the knowledge and techniques to provide culturally competent responses and support to clients from plural (polygamous) families and/or communities.

    Working with Plural Families/Communities Cultural Competence Training-Part 1- (minimum time requirement 90 minutes)
    Although there are estimates of 50,000 to 80,000 polygamists throughout the inter-mountain west, relatively little is known about these families and communities. This training gives relevant information and best practices to providers working with those from plural families and communities.

    History of polygamy
    Laws in the state of Utah
    Historical trauma
    Education, healthcare, family life
    Myths and stereotypes
    Barriers to service for victims from plural families/communities
    Suggestions for working with plural families
    Special considerations when safety planning and providing services

    Working with Plural Families/Communities Cultural Competence Training-Part 2 (minimum time requirement 90 minutes)
    An in-depth specialized training on working with former or current Fundamental Latter Day Saint (FLDS)

    The FLDS community, when led by Warren Jeffs, became increasingly isolated from mainstream society developing unique terminology, religious practices and requirements. This training helps service providers understand and navigate the incredibly complex nuances to serving victims from the FLDS community.

    FLDS community changes under leadership of Warren Jeffs
    Education, healthcare, family
    Myths and stereotypes
    Barriers to getting help and service
    Transition and adjustment to life outside the FLDS community
    Suggestions for working with FLDS clients
    Cultural considerations

  • Supporting Immigrant Survivors 101

    Supporting Immigrant Survivors 101 reviews the extra level of manipulation and exploitation that immigrant victims of domestic and intimate partner violence often experience simply because of their immigrant status.

    Many immigrant victims do not feel able to seek support or report abuse as a result of their abuser's manipulation, and power and control tactics.

    It is not uncommon for service providers to want to offer services yet not know how best to help and/or to explain their role and the limits of the confidentiality they can provide.

    This training tackles many myths and assumptions made about immigrant victims as well as provides agencies with an understanding of the community services and immigration reliefs that can support immigrant survivors to access services and seek safety.

To schedule training, call 801-521-5544 or submit a request.

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  • Statewide training, webinars, events and community announcements.

  • Emerging and best practices presented by local and national experts.

  • Required 40-hour training for advocates.

  • Web-based training on a variety of topics.

  • Training and technical assistance provided by our experts, as well as by local and national experts and advisors.

  • Statutory and contractual training requirements for victim service providers and volunteers.

Our Impact in 2020

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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