40 Hour Domestic Violence Training
Everyone deserves to have a violence free relationship. Any relationship. The term domestic violence describes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, financial, digital, and / or religious abuse by a current or former partner or spouse. This violence can occur in any relationship. Heterosexual couples, same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. Domestic violence affects women and men and their children.
I am not a counselor nor do I have a license to provide counseling or therapy but I recently took Haven Hills’ 40-Hour Domestic Violence training and walked away with the tools on how to support someone who is asking for help. What I did learn is that anyone can help.
Violence is a learned and taught behavior. Children who witness domestic violence in the home are at more risk of experiencing domestic violence as they grow up – as teens and adults. Family is our central institution and the primary source of how we learn as children. Unhealthy relationship behaviors are likely to be repeated by children if this is what is modeled in the home, especially if this aggressive behavior is shown to be an effective method for handling conflict, “I saw my parents do it” kind of attitude.
Domestic violence is a silent epidemic. It occurs anywhere and across all populations and DV can also take many forms. 90% of people in the U.S. fail to define repeated emotional, verbal, sexual abuse and controlling behaviors as patterns of domestic abuse.
About 1 in 5 women and about 1 in 9 men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Upon further research I found that California sees higher rates than the national average with 32% of women and 27% of men report experiencing domestic violence by an intimate partner.
I learned that many people do not speak up. I learned that many people go back because they do not have the tools or help to survive on their own. 40-Hours may seem like a long time but the team at Haven Hills has broken it down into weekly online presentations with a corresponding module. The staff was available and open to as many questions that me and my peers had during the lessons. The commitment you are making to learn more about how you can be an advocate to help supersedes the time it takes to complete the certificate. You are surrounded by other ambassadors who are taking the steps to stop harassment or violence to make a significant difference in someone’s life, and send a powerful message.
I will continue to bring awareness to this cause, educate our community and play an active role in helping to establish an environment where healthy and positive relationships are based on respect, safety and equality. I learned that Haven Hills has the tools to help.
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