2019 The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is hosting a training on Wednesday, March 20, designed for faith leaders, advocates, community services staff, allied professionals, and others to enhance the safety and well-being of older survivors of abuse by strengthening knowledge, responses, referrals, and community collaborations.
The full day training on March 20 is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Dignity Health San Martin Campus, Aljian Conference Room B/C, 8280 West Warm Springs Road in Las Vegas.
The workshop will be conducted by trainers Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter and Alyson Morse Katzman from Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence. This training is part of the Nevada Office of the Attorney General for the Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program and the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
Judy Henderson, NCEDSV training coordinator, said the training will be highly interactive, and provide participants with a tool set that will enable them to:
• Recognize – Identify the dynamics and indicators of abuse in older adults;
• Respond – Provide compassionate support and services to individual older victims;
• Refer – Initiate referrals based on an increased awareness of community resources; and
• Reach Out – Engage in community collaborations between service providers and faith leaders to better respond to the unique needs of older, faith-involved survivors of abuse.
Henderson said too often older adults struggling with violence in the home are isolated, harassed, assaulted, and financially torn from their lifelong resources.
“This highly vulnerable population of older adults, because of their special needs, will find new support mechanisms from faith leaders, advocates, mental health and social services, including elder protective services and law enforcement professionals, who will be attending this training,” she said. “Through the Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program offered through the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, we are pleased to welcome facilitators from Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse to conduct this training that will bring professionals from diverse backgrounds to learn ways to respond compassionately and effectively to older survivors of domestic and sexual violence.”
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The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (previously The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence), provides statewide advocacy, education and support to the front-line organizations that help those impacted by domestic and sexual violence.