Trainings and Presentations

SafePlace offers trainings and presentations about topics relating to sexual assault and domestic violence in the community. Guided trainings are offered throughout Texas for civic, cultural and faith-based organizations including law enforcement, service providers, counselors, health care professionals and educators.

This outreach is vital to creating a community that recognizes and responds to sexual and domestic violence in the best way to support the survivor and the community as a whole.

Community Education Program

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.

Disability Services Program

Abuse Prevention & Sexuality Education

Increases awareness about sexual, domestic and caregiver abuse to empower people to protect themselves and plan for personal safety. Trainings are customized to the learning needs of each group and are available throughout Texas. Topics include:

  • Personal safety
  • Domestic, sexual and caregiver abuse prevention
  • Healthy relationships
  • Community safety
  • Friendships & dating
  • Sexual health

Disability Awareness Training for Professionals & Family Members

Training for rape crisis centers & domestic violence shelters:

  • Disability awareness
  • Strategies for outreaching to persons with disabilities
  • Effectively serving abuse survivors with disabilities
  • Designing physically and programmatically accessible services.

Professionals in the Disability Field & Family Members:

  • Risks of abuse faced by many people with disabilities
  • Strategies for preventing abuse
  • Techniques for providing sexuality education
  • Detecting, reporting and responding to disclosures of abuse

Train the Trainer on Abuse Prevention & Students with Disabilities

A statewide training for school personnel that will empower personnel to share what they learned with others in the school. Topics include:

  • Vulnerability factors faced by people with disabilities
  • Indicators of abuse
  • Responding to disclosures
  • Reporting abuse
  • Abuse prevention strategies for students with disabilities
  • Hands-on experience for workshop participants

Law Enforcement Curriculum

In My Jurisdiction: Responding to Crimes Against People with Disabilities, Deaf Individuals, and Older Adults – (PDF)

  • Training curriculum with resources and tools for law enforcement officers to respond to and investigate family violence and sexual assault crimes against these three populations
  • PowerPoint presentation to use in conjunction with manual
  • Reference cards with tips
  • Curriculum may be submitted to TCLEOSE for continuing education credit

Expect Respect Program

Expect Respect: Engaging Schools and Communities in Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships and Preventing Dating and Sexual Violence

This 1-day training is designed to assist advocates, school personnel and other community partners in developing a comprehensive dating and sexual violence prevention program.  This training is provided in your community and customized to meet your needs.  View a sample: ER Sample Training agenda.  View the ER Program Manual and Training Brochure.

Please contact us with requests for workshops for youth, parents, school personnel and other professionals.

SAFER: Safety Awareness for Every Relationship

SAFERUnfortunately, partner violence is just as prevalent and lethal in LGBTQIA relationships as it is in heterosexual relationships. Many myths surround violence in these relationships. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning survivors may find it difficult to come forward with details of abuse or may feel that they are not welcome in “traditional” domestic violence centers.

Because of this, the SafePlace Community Education Program initiated the SAFER campaign in October 2009.  The campaign originally provided materials in gay-friendly restaurants and businesses including table toppers and brochures that dispelled the myths and provided information to those who may need help.  The Community Education department continues to provide education to service providers that serve the LGBTQ community as well as general audiences.

Barriers for LGBTQIA Survivors

The isolation that accompanies intimate partner violence can be compounded by being a member of the LGBTQIA community in a homophobic society.  Silence about partner violence within the LGBTQIA community further isolates the survivor, giving more control to the abuser.

Violence in the LGBTQIA Community parallels heterosexual intimate partner violence in nature and prevalence, but LGBTQIA survivors face additional challenges such as:

The abuser may:

  • Threaten to “out” the partner’s sexual identity or gender identitity to family, employers, place of worship, police or in child custody disputes in order to maintain control.
  • Portray the violence as mutual, especially if the partner tries to defend against it.
  • Tell the partner that the violence is a normal part of a LGBTQ relationship.
  • Use HIV/AIDS to maintain power and control.

SafePlace Services

SafePlace offers all services to members of the LGBTQ community including shelter, counseling, hospital advocacy and legal advocacy.  If you need help, get more information in the I Need Help section of the website or learn more about our Safety and Healing Programs.

Make a Difference

Violence in LGBTQ relationships is misunderstood and underreported. You can help make a difference by telling your friends, family and colleagues what you know about LGBTQ partner violence and the services SafePlace offers to members of the LGBTQ community.

Learn other ways to Make a Difference in the community and let us know your plans.

Myths and Truths about Partner Violence in LGBTQIA Relationships

Battering and partner abuse do not exist in same-sex relationships or in the LGBTQ community.

Domestic violence does exist among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, and in other sexual minority communities with the same frequency as in heterosexual relationships. Despite fear and community denial,more and more lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people are speaking about battering and abuse in their relationships.

In same-sex relationships, domestic violence is usually just a “fair fight” between partners.

Partner violence is about power and control. In an abusive relationship, a survivor may try to defend him/herself, this is not “mutual battering.”

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning survivors can always leave their abusive partners in order to stop the violence.

Battering relationships rarely are only violent or abusive. Love, caring and remorse are often part of the pattern of abuse. This can leave a survivor feeling confused and ambivalent about what she or he is experiencing. Emotional or economic dependency,shame or isolation can make leaving seem impossible.

There aren’t any services such as shelter, counseling or protective orders available to members of the LGBTQ community.

Help is available.  SafePlace has experience working with the LGBTQ community and our services are open to everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation or sexual identity.  Other service providers are available throughout the country as well.  View other state and national resources for members of the LGBTQ community and their advocates.

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