ICADV Trainings

ICADV provides many training opportunities throughout the year. We also provide limited training to communities upon request, and can develop a specialized training to meet your needs. Below are brief descriptions of the training curricula we offer on a regular basis. If you are interested in setting up a training or have questions about other trainings available, please contact ICADV.

Check out our Training and Events Calendar to see upcoming trainings.

This training functions as a basic introduction to the issues encompassed in intimate partner violence and the experiences of both survivors and perpetrators of IPV. The core information can be highly specialized dependent upon the audience. The minimum for this training is 1 hour, and it can be expanded to a full-day training (6 — 8 hours) if necessary. Focus areas include: understanding power and control dynamics; understanding the statistics, myths, and stereotypes around survivors and perpetrators; learning red flags and signs of abuse; and strategies in assessing and assisting families affected.

For counties considering or ready to implement a DV Fatality Review Team, this training reviews the history of Fatality Review Teams, examines the legislation enacted in Indiana, walks through the creation, implementation and administration of a team, and examines the challenges and victories of teams already active in Indiana.  Through the training, we also look at the responsibilities of ICADV in supporting active teams, and how active teams work together across the state.

This is a specialized training specifically addressing the training needs of law enforcement officers and agencies around domestic violence.  Facilitated by Dottie Davis, a former Deputy Chief with the Ft Wayne Police Department with over 20 years’ experience in law enforcement, this training can be specifically tailored to address the needs of your community or jurisdiction.  Possible topics include predominant vs primary aggressor, liability issues, legislative updates and how they affect law enforcement, as well as many others.  Interested agencies can contact the Coalition to make arrangements focused on their training needs.

Smart phones, email, social media, GPS systems — all of these make our lives easier and connect us in ways we never thought possible. However, just as these innovations can be used for the greater good, they can also be used to harass, stalk, threaten, and harm. This training focuses on understand the tools available to all of us, how those tools can be used both to exercise power and control, and also as safety resources for survivors.

The LAP is a two-pronged intervention process that features a research-based lethality screening tool based on the work of Dr. Jacqueline Campbell and an accompanying referral protocol that provides opportunity for first responders to immediately link survivors with advocacy programs. The LAP training walks through implementation of necessary collaborations, trains first responders and advocates on the protocol, addresses the data tracking and reporting requirements, and examines the challenges and victories currently active jurisdictions have encountered.

ICADV Legal Counsel presents a variety of training to advocates, law enforcement, attorneys, prosecutors, judges and any other discipline interested in the civil and criminal justice response to intimate partner violence. An overview of the state and federal laws that impact survivors of domestic violence is provided, and the following issue specific areas are available as well.

  • Confidentiality and the Law: What State and Federal Law Mandate from Programs.
  • Mediating Cases Involving Domestic Violence: What the ADR Rules Require
  • How Legal Jurisdiction Matters in Domestic Violence Cases
  • Survivors of Violence & the Legal Immigration Process (facilitated by Magdalena Josipovic, JD)
  • Consumer Rights for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: How the Law Can Help
  • Federal Tax Relief for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
  • Elder Abuse in Indiana: A Legal Primer
  • The Legalities of Intimate Partner Violence~ Civil Issues
  • The Legalities of Intimate Partner Violence~ Criminal Issues
  • Firearms Laws Advocates Need to Know
  • Establishing Paternity in Indiana-What to Know about Indiana Law.
  • Crossing Lines: Tribal vs State Jurisdiction in DV Cases

Prevention Trainings

This training engages audiences in a discussion of key primary prevention terms and concepts. Examples are shared of successful prevention strategies underway in Indiana communities.

The more connections a person has to other people and systems that support people the more opportunities a person has to build resilience, which helps to rebuff negative experiences—including trauma. Social inclusion creates connectedness, which offers profound protections against  suicide, child maltreatment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, youth violence and elder abuse. This training provides an understanding of the ways social inclusion is defined and operationalized to reduce violence and offers examples of social inclusion locally and internationally. Through theory-driven interactive engagement, participants will receive primary prevention tools to achieve organizational and community level impact.

For many of us in the domestic violence field, primary prevention strategy involves a lot of new and complex concepts. ICADV developed the activities in the prevention toybox to help us make sense of these ideas in clear, concrete and engaging ways. This training provides an overview of the toybox activities, and depending on your time and interests, we can facilitate some of the games. It’s important to note that these games aren’t intended as an educational tool for individuals that we think are vulnerable to violence; they are intended to support preventionists and our partners in adopting primary prevention work in our communities.

Traditional prevention interventions ask youth to make good choices about their behavior and in their relationships. However, this approach asks youth to navigate the power differentials in their lives that allows for violence to occur in the first place. Youth councils are youth driven violence prevention groups that build leadership in its members by transferring decision-making power to its young membership.  This workshop introduces participants to the violence prevention work of youth advisory councils from across the state of Indiana where adult mentors play a supportive role helping youth build skills by increasing connectedness among participants to each other and to their communities.

Findings from the national Adverse Childhood Experiences Study show that early experiences of significant adversity result in negative physical and emotional health outcomes across the lifespan. Conversely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments as a promising strategy for preventing multiple forms of violence. This workshop covers innovative strategies for enhancing safety, stability, and nurturance within our relationships, families, organizations, and communities to promote the optimal wellbeing of all community members.

From formative evaluation and needs assessments to outcome evaluation strategies, the ICADV team can provide training and technical assistance to help your team across the course of a project. From choosing prevention strategies, to identifying your evaluation needs, determining program outcomes and using findings for program improvement—we can help you to know what’s working, why, and how you might make it even better.

In our work we recognize that elements of the dominant cultural narrative contribute to victim blaming and the sense that domestic violence is inevitable. Introducing an alternative narrative is a critical strategy for changing perceptions of the problem, action on solutions, and also for supporting survivors. This training describes elements of the dominant cultural narrative, identifies the negative effects that this narrative has on our work, and shares strategies for introducing an alternative narrative that supports survivors and preventive solutions.

Together, we can end domestic violence.

We believe that violence is preventable. When we come together, we create real change in the lives of individuals and in our communities. Join us in the movement to make Indiana a state that is safe, inclusive, and equitable for everyone.