Events Listings for Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

2:00 pm - Community Initiatives & Partnerships

Coordinated Community Response Network (CCRN)
The CCRN is a network designed to supply local providers with the resources to recognize, respond, and refer individuals and families impacted by domestic violence to the appropriate services in a timely manner. CCRN brings together local organizations to develop a universal action plan that provides a consistent and standardized response to families impacted by domestic violence. CCRN members are provided key tools for victim safety and abuser accountability.

Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV)
A comprehensive training program designed to provide employees and employers with awareness, knowledge and the necessary skills to address domestic violence issues that impact the workplace. Staff also works with businesses to establish domestic violence policies and procedures.

High-Risk Response Teams
The response teams are a cutting-edge community response model developed to support domestic violence victims through collaborative efforts, involving law enforcement, the courts, medical service providers, probation, Batterers intervention programs, and Domestic violence services staff. This team identifies domestic violence cases that could potentially lead to homicide or re-assault within the Worcester, Ayer, Fitchburg/Leominster, Gardner/Winchendon and Clinton District Courts.

Intervention Network: Worcester (WIN)
This program provides both direct crisis intervention and follow-up contact. This program is a pro-active, follow-up advocacy service to police involved incidents of domestic violence.  Intervention Network advocates strive to follow-up with every victim. Advocates may provide various advocacy and referrals, i.e. police, legal, economic, and housing.

In addition, if a victim is in immediate danger, and needs to get to a safe place, the intervention network may assist with safety planning which may include helping the survivor to access a secure and confidential shelter. That process includes briefing the victim on what is entailed in going into a confidential domestic violence shelter, helping make any necessary phone calls, facilitating the survivor’s ability to safely pick up needed documents and belongings prior to going into shelter, and assisting with transportation arrangements. The hotline number is available to provide emergency intervention on a 24-hour basis.

Worcester Intervention Network (W.I.N) is collaboration between the YWCA Central Massachusetts/Daybreak, Worcester Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit and the Victim Witness Program of the District Attorney’s Office.

Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (WAASE)

WAASE is a collaboration of the YWCA and other community partners who develop prevention and intervention strategies designed to address sexual exploitation in greater Worcester. They identify and respond to victims, survivors, traffickers, buyers, and facilitators in order to improve the health and wellness of our community.  The Ray of Light project is a training method used to create a better educated network of responders.

2:06 pm - Prevention Education Programs

The YWCA’s Outreach and Prevention Program offers violence prevention education services for youth, teens and adults in Central and North Central Massachusetts. Our violence prevention services educate the community by equipping individuals with the skills to resist violence and abuse and promote healthy, non-violent interaction.

Bullying/Sexual Harassment Programs
These workshops are designed to empower children to overcome bullying and harassment. Workshops use group discussion, role play, and video to help children recognize the signs and effects of bullying and harassment, as well as pathways to seek help.

Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project
Designed to prevent child sexual assault, CAP utilizes a three-fold approach with teachers, parents and children to prevent child abuse. Teachers and parents are given the tools to increase awareness and identify abuse indicators. Children learn strategies to protect themselves and stay safe, strong and free. This program is offered to children in pre- and elementary schools.

Girls Circle
Girls Circle is a research-based model that improves at-risk teen girls’ self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. The 8-10 week program focuses on building relationships with peers and adults.

Girls Promoting Safety (GPS)
GPS is a strength-based violence prevention education program that uses evidence-based curricula to teach middle school girls the resiliency skills needed to avoid being victims of violence and promote healthy relationships.

“My Close Up” Play
A one act dramatic presentation that addresses the issue of teen dating violence. It is available for classrooms, school assemblies, after-school programs, and youth groups. The play is followed by a discussion led by prevention advocates.

Pre-Teen/Teen Violence Prevention Programs
Prevention Advocates tailor a workshop or series of workshops to the needs of specific adolescent audiences. Workshops deal with all types of family violence including teen dating violence, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and healthy relationships.

Safe Teens Anti-violence Readiness (STAR)
This program educates teens on how to incorporate non-violent philosophies into their lives and provides counseling and other support services to teens affected by, or at risk of engaging in, violent partner relationships. The 8-week curriculum is complemented with one-on-one counseling as needed. Participants are referred to the program by the Worcester Juvenile Court.

Teens Advocating Change Together (Teens ACT)
A strength-based, peer leadership, program where high school age youth receive training on dating violence and healthy relationships, in order to carryout awareness efforts in their school and community.

Safe Dates
Safe Dates is a ten session, research-based, dating abuse program that deals with attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence. Each session is completed in about fifty minutes. The curriculum can be presented over a period of days or weeks, depending on scheduling needs.

Department Training & Adult Programs
Prevention advocates provided community members and professionals workshops and professional development trainings on the complexity of child abuse and domestic violence. Intensive training about the complex dynamics of family violence, appropriate intervention, legal recourse, and safety planning and prevention strategies is available for any group.

Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Member of Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV) of Central Massachusetts
A comprehensive training program designed to provide employees and employers with awareness, knowledge, and the necessary skills to address domestic violence issues that impact the workplace. Staff will also work with businesses to establish domestic violence policies and procedures.

Professional Development and Training
Intensive training for professionals and paraprofessionals about the complex dynamics of family violence, appropriate intervention, legal recourse, safety planning and prevention strategies. Participants learn how to recognize, respond, and refer victims they may encounter in their professional roles.

To schedule a workshop please contact us at dvservices@ywcacentralmass.org.

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