W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has modernized the way we offer our 40 hours domestic violence training. In December 2015, we received a grant from The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation to help develop a hybrid training that combines the use of online modules paired with intentional in person gatherings. After surveying multiple organizations throughout California W.O.M.A.N., Inc. decided to revamp the way we train our volunteers and community members. The traditional style of training required participants to attend up to ten in person session, many of them lecture based. Because of the required in person sessions, many volunteers were unable to make the commitment.
Using videos, quizzes, discussion forums and articles, each module covers the same content from the traditional training such as DV 101, Supporting LGBTQ Survivors, to Legal sections and Transformative Justice. The modules are broken up into several sections. Participants are given two weeks in between our in person gatherings to complete their modules therefore allowing participants the ease and flexibility to complete the modules at their own pace. The beauty of the online modules has also allowed us more time to talk about social justice and intersectionality. In doing so, we are able to be intentional about centering the experiences of survivors from marginalized communities.
While the in-person sessions are still required for training completion, we’ve cut our in-person time down to 4 in-person sessions, meeting on alternating weeks. Once participants complete their online modules, they come to each session ready to engage in discussion and activities on the topics covered in the modules. Agency representatives from the community also help facilitate portions of training to sharing their insight and expertise. Having participants complete the content portion of training prior to in-person sessions allows for more in-depth discussion on how to apply the knowledge they’ve gained on supporting survivors from various backgrounds. The hybrid training allows time for more skill building and practice while also being more culturally sensitive. Having the ability to cater to the various styles of adult learning provides each training participant has the opportunity to learn at their own pace and expand on their knowledge, skills, and understanding of how to support survivors of domestic violence.
The hybrid approach has proven to be a successful one for us. We recently received a grant which enabled us to translate all our online modules into Spanish. In the coming year, our goal is to further develop these materials and offer our first hybrid training in Spanish. We are currently seeking additional support in achieving this goal.
Below are a few testimonials from recent Hybrid Training graduates:
“The hybrid training offered by W.O.M.A.N., Inc. was a unique opportunity to learn about domestic violence. Combining individual modules to read at home with in person meetings, gave me the space to learn on my own and process everything then the space to discuss and reflect and form thoughts and concerns in a safe space, where everyone is heard. It’s a very efficient way to check privilege and assumptions. Another strong point of this training is getting to meet people from the domestic violence community. People who work in different programs that support survivors from shelters around the Bay Area, are in a unique position to give anyone who wants to work with survivors a picture of how it really looks like. It also gives a very realistic image about the life of survivors. A great insight that helps understand more about the community and bust a lot of myths surrounding domestic violence. I am grateful and thankful to have gone through this training. I feel I learned a lot and I can’t wait for learn more.”
– Ebtihal (Fall 2017)
“The hybrid training clearly illustrated the dynamics of domestic violence and the power and control techniques used by the abusers. The training’s history was informative and enlightening for me. From the rule of thumb chastisement law whereby husbands could discipline and beat their wives; to the American history of oppression embedded in violence against women, against Native Americans and against other people of color or people who were different; to the unfair criminal, legal and prison systems of America today that perpetuate violence particularly when dealing with survivors who are people of color, LGBTQ or just different. All forms of DV and abuse was clearly and thoroughly reviewed as well as prejudices, sexism, racism and other oppressions. I was most impressed with how respectful the training was toward DV survivors, stressing meeting them where they are at, without making assumptions but treating all survivors with respect, dignity, showing compassion and mindfulness at all times regardless of preferences and differences. We are all humans and we all deserve to be treated as such. This training changed my perspective on many things, the lessons made me think about life in general and has made me a better person.”
– Zalise (Summer 2017)
Interested in volunteering with us? Need to complete 40 hours of domestic violence training for work? Or would you just like to take the training for personal interest? Take a look at our volunteer opportunities here & fill out an application here*.
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*Volunteer applications for our next training cycle are due Monday, January 8th, 2018.