Training & Education

free LGBTQ domestic violence training, for more information, see below!

TRAININGS FOR COMMUNITIES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS

All trainings listed below, except for the Screening Tool Training, are offered to MA organizations free of charge Please allow for up to one week for a response to your training request.

Partner Abuse in LGBQ/T Communities (for Providers) (4-hour interactive training) free LGBTQ domestic violence training 

This workshop will present an overview of the LGBQ/T communities, LGBQ/T partner abuse, and strategies for creating welcoming services to  LGBQ/T survivors. Topics to be covered:

  • Language, identities and definitions for LGBQ/T communities
  • Identifying the difference between gender and sexuality
  • Defining homo/bi/transphobia, heterosexism, cisgenderism and how they impact LGBQ/T survivors
  • Overview of power and control, and dynamics of abuse in LGBQ/T communities
  • Similarities and differences in domestic violence between LGBQ/T communities and heterosexual, cisgender communities
  • Barriers to support and services
  • Respectful language and best practices for providers
  • How to support LGBQ/T survivors and create accessible services

Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Survivors of Partner Abuse (for providers) (3-hour interactive training)

This workshop will focus on the barriers mainstream programs may have to serving transgender and gender non-conforming survivors of partner abuse. We will provide cultural information; and strategies for programs to  open up and better serve trans and non-binary survivors. Topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to trans and non-binary communities
  • Partner abuse in trans and non-binary communities
  • Addressing transphobia with staff and clients
  • Respectful language and best practices
  • How to support trans and non-binary survivors

LGBQ/T Partner Abuse, the unspoken issue in our communities

Because of the belief that abuse doesn’t happen “among our own” partner abuse can be minimized or even denied. This workshop will give an overview of what partner abuse is and how community members can support an LGBQ/T friend, family or community member who is experiencing abuse.

  • Language, identities and definitions for LGBQ/T communities
  • Identifying the difference between gender and sexuality
  • Defining homo/bi/transphobia, heterosexism, and cisgenderism and how they impact LGBQ/T survivors
  • Overview of power and control, and dynamics of abuse in LGBQ/T communities
  • How to support LGBQ/T survivors

 

Screening**

The Intimate Partner Abuse Screening Tool was co-created by The Network/La Red staff and several other members of the LGBTQIA Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition of Massachusetts. This training was developed to assist providers in determining who is the abusive partner and who is the survivor in LGBQ/T relationships where abuse is happening. Along with Screening training, we offer practice sessions throughout the year to support programs as they implement screening into their services. Topics to be covered:

  • Identifying how LGBQ/T partner abuse differs from partner abuse in   heterosexual, cisgender relationships
  • Defining why screening is important and the barriers that are created for LGBQ/T survivors when we do not screen
  • Key elements of the screening tool
  • How to use our listening skills to understand the dynamics that exist in a relationship
  • Demonstration of screening
  • Facilitated practice

**Previous training in LGBQ/T partner abuse is required for this workshop. This training can be combined with LGBQ/T partner abuse training for a two-day workshop. With a scheduled training the first 25 copies of the screening tool are free, each additional tool costs $5. The screening tool is not available without training.

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Free LGBTQ Domestic Violence Trainings

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

LGBQ/T Partner Abuse, the unspoken issue in our communities

This workshop will present an overview of healthy relationships vs. power, control, and abuse in intimate or dating relationships. Because of the belief that “among our own” or within our communities we are safest, partner abuse maybe minimized or not even acknowledged. This workshop will give an overview of what is partner abuse and how to support a LGBQ/T friend, family or community member that is experiencing it.

SM is Not Abuse: Understanding Consensual SM and How it Differs from Abuse

This workshop was developed by The Network/La Red and The New England Leather Alliance. SM refers to a broad group of behaviors that involve the consensual giving and receiving of intense erotic sensation. Consensual SM is a viable and empowering experience for many when practiced between consenting adults, but some abusers can use SM as a tool of abuse.

Format: 1 ½ to 3-hour interactive workshop with video clips. Training handouts, materials and referral information provided.
Cost: Free in Massachusetts for LGBQ/T community/social groups only.

Free LGBTQ Domestic Violence Trainings

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