Community Education

Sexual and Domestic Violence is often erroneously viewed as an individual, family or sexual issue; however, the community’s understanding and knowledge of the issues can lead to more accountability from employers, the justice system, schools and government. The Community Education Program provides outreach and education to help individuals learn how each of us plays a role in the process of ending sexual and domestic violence.


SafePlace creates and distributes brochures about various issues associated with sexual and domestic violence and our services. These are available for download, or you can order a quantity for public display at businesses, doctor’s offices and wherever community members would like to share information.

SafePlace also provides intensive curricular materials for professionals in a variety of fields. For a complete list of those materials, click here.

Trainings and Presentations

SafePlace Trainers provide professional trainings for first responders, health care professionals, Human Resource personnel and other professional groups on how to recognize, report, respond and prevent sexual or domestic violence.

SafePlace staff and trained volunteers work to increase community understanding of sexual and domestic violence by providing presentations to civic and professional groups, schools, private organizations, parents and loved ones of survivors, and other interested groups.

Community Event Outreach

SafePlace staff and volunteers are available to represent the agency with materials and information for the community at booths during events such as school or job fairs where attendees are invited to learn about resources available in the Austin community.

Professional Training for First Responders

Trained staff provide professional trainings to sexual assault and domestic violence first responders such as law enforcement, attorneys, health care providers, caregivers, employers, faith leaders and child care workers.

Domestic Violence & Pregnancy: Effective Screening and Intervention

This online training for health care providers,explores the fundamental domestic violence knowledge required to identify, treat, document and, if necessary, report domestic abuse. CNEs (Texas) and CEUs (Texas) are available. Access the class.

Bystander Dialogues

These engaging, facilitated conversations offer individuals and community groups the opportunity to discuss how everyone can help end sexual and domestic violence.  Participants discuss the impact that sexual and domestic violence has on their lives and the lives of those that they love.  In addition, participants address how everyone has a role in creating a safe community and how others observe our choices and often follow our lead.  These discussions can be held in homes, coffee shops or with reading clubs, church groups, men’s organizations and various civic groups.

Other Trainings

Other departments at SafePlace offer trainings on specific subjects for specialized audiences. Please click here for a comprehensive list of available trainings and presentations.

Community Fairs

SafePlace staff and trained volunteers are available to staff booths at a variety of events such as school or job fairs where the community is invited to learn about resources available in our community.

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