First Witness Advocacy Training

Training for Advocates Working in a Child Advocacy Center
Core 3 Days : $250 in Duluth, MN
October 4-6, 2017
May 2 - 4, 2018
October 3 - 5, 2018
Training for Advocates: Co-occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
Core 2 Days : $200 in Duluth, MN
October 26-27, 2017
October 25 -26, 2018
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Meets 8 of 9 essential components in the NCA Standard of Advocacy


First Witness Advocacy bridges the gap between individual advocacy with one victim and system-based advocacy that creates change for many victims. This is in contrast to more restrictive advocacy models that are based on delivering services identified by practitioners. Through hands-on practice, participants will learn how to put advocacy principles into action, including conducting a focus group to improve programming, changing organizations and systems and creating programs and interventions that meet victims’ needs. Participants will practice skills for effective crisis intervention and advocacy, problem solving and decision making around the toughest issues in advocacy work.
Conditional OVW funding approved

This training has been conditionally approved for OVW grantees to attend.

For decades, the system responding to domestic violence has believed that once the battered woman leaves, the violence, power and control ends. But the batterer’s desire and ability to punish and control remains strong. There is a high co-occurrence between child abuse and domestic violence. This complicates family reactions, obscures needs and makes intervening to protect both the children and the mother challenging. We will talk about the 7 Realities for mothers and children after they leave and explore how advocates can change thinking and responses to better assist families facing both DV and child abuse.