Family violence occurs in every community and culture, and it has profound effects on every person involved. This workshop examines different forms of violence within family relationships, including psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Assessment areas will be reviewed to help understand the impact of violence on individuals, relationships, and communities. Intervention strategies for working with those who perpetrate violence, as well as those who are abused, will be provided. The goal for these interventions is to move beyond shame and hurt to the restoration of relationships and the prevention of further violence. Participants will learn to promote safety with children, adults, and in relationships.

About This Workshop

Some of the Topics Included

  • Myths of Family Violence
  • Components of Healthy Relationships
  • Factors Influencing Family Violence
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Attachment Bonds in Relationships
  • Approaches to Working With Family Violence
  • Working Toward Solutions
  • Supporting Families to End Violence
  • Assessment and Safety
  • Working With Adults Experiencing Abuse
  • Working With Adults Who Use Abuse
  • Children and Family Violence
  • Community Interventions

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone supporting families working to heal from and prevent further family violence.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • List types and dimensions of family violence
  • Summarize a holistic view of healthy relationship goals
  • Name impacts on those most vulnerable to family violence
  • Define stages of safety in relationship violence
  • Describe steps toward fostering change in violent patterns