Violence Free Colorado hosts an Online Learning Center (OLC) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) to provide Violence Free Colorado members with additional training options. The OLC is available free of charge to Violence Free Colorado members in good standing as a benefit of membership. This is an on-going project that Violence Free Colorado will continue to build and strengthen.
The Online Learning Center is available to non-members of Violence Free Colorado on a fee per course basis. If you are interested in taking more than one course, or would like to arrange for group (3 or more) access to a course, or courses, please contact Liz Stuewe: lstuewe(at)violencefreeco.org.
These online, on-demand courses provide participants with uniform, self-paced training. Participants receive a certificate upon successful completion of a course. When taking the courses, we encourage you to spend time reviewing all of the resources that accompany the course. On average the time to complete a course is approximately 1.5 hours but some courses may take as long as 3 hours to complete. If you begin a course and do not have time to complete it, you can pick up where you left off in the course.
Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to request your username and password.
Domestic Violence 101
This course was designed specifically with advocates in mind!
Defining domestic violence might seem easy. However, many people don’t fully understand the myths and facts about domestic violence, what it is, who are victims and perpetrators, and the very real impact on victims, their families, and society. This course will help to explain what is considered domestic violence by law and by society. You will learn about the tactics batterers use to maintain power and control of victims and how societal factors can create an environment where domestic violence is tolerated. You also will learn some basic skills for talking with victims.
Who are batterers? Why do batterers hurt others? Does alcohol cause physical violence? This course explores the reasons why batterers hurt the important people in their lives, lists the types of battering most often used against victims, dissects the myths and facts about battering, and much more. This course will enhance the participant’s skills around safety planning and advocacy with victims/survivors of domestic violence by increasing the participant’s knowledge and understanding of batterers as well as Colorado requirements for offender management.
How Batterer Behavior Impacts Children
While advocates spend most of their time partnering with an adult victim, they can simultaneously promote children’s well-being. By promoting the victim parent’s ability to be a safe and stable primary caregiver, advocates can play an important role in supporting the number one resiliency and healing factor for children who have been exposed to domestic violence: an attached relationship to a caring adult.
Ethics for Colorado Advocates
It is important for advocates to understand and practice ethical communication while working with victims of domestic violence. Skill building and guidance to improve ethical communication are offered in this course.
Intimate Partner Stalking
This course looks at the definition and behaviors of intimate partner stalking. It includes a brief look at stalking statistics and the differences between stalking rates for male and female victims. Learners review how to complete a stalking incident log and when to use it.
Introduction to Client-Centered Advocacy
This course on trauma-informed, survivor-centered avocacy will provide participants with information about the feminist-based approach to helping, woman/client-centered advocacy, goals of woman/client-centered advocacy and empowerment and options counseling.
Introduction to Cultural Competency
This course provides explores the meaning of culture and how culture impacts the interactions between domestic violence advocates and Survivors. It includes the definition of cultural competency and two of the ways it is explained visually. Learners are then challenged to consider their own level of cultural competency through reflective exercises. The course ends with suggestions on how to improve cultural competence and lists several resources to do so.
Housing is Foundational
Becoming stably housed is an important piece of finding safety for Survivors of domestic violence. Domestic violence advocates are in a key position to help Survivors identify their long-term housing needs and to provide information about the options that are available. This course explores new and trending housing options and best practices for working with Survivors to meet their long-term housing needs.
Introduction to LGBTQ Domestic Violence
This course begins with the basics of working with LGBTQ Survivors. It includes a discussion about terminology and the every-changing use of language. It provides an overview of domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships and a glimpse at the challenges Survivors face. It is not meant to cover every aspect of this topic and should not be the end of your attempts to learn more about issues specific to these Survivors.
Introduction to the Civil Legal System
Many Survivors will interact with the civil legal system at some point. This course will explain your role to help Survivors understand and navigate through the civil legal system. You will also learn about roles of the professionals working in this system and how they may help Survivors.
Responding to Crisis and Talking about Suicide
In this course, you’ll explore the meaning of crisis and review strategies for helping Survivors who are in crisis. You’ll learn about talking with Survivors who have considered suicide as a way to deal with crisis. This course is not intended to be the only training you receive on these topics.
Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
This course introduces you to some basic functions of the criminal justice system and its role in responding to domestic violence. You’ll learn how the people working in this system can help Survivors. It covers the challenges Survivors face accessing this system, your role in supporting them, and your requirements regarding confidentiality and the unauthorized practice of law.
Understanding Public Benefits
Advocates often find themselves working with Survivors who may want to apply for, or are already receiving, public benefits. The process of applying for public benefits can be overwhelming and advocates can do much to support Survivors through the experience. This course provides a broad overview of public benefits and can serve as a guide for advocates. The more advocates can learn about the process of applying for public benefits, what’s involved when one is receiving them, and even appealing decisions made, can increase their confidence in engaging in advocacy work with Survivors and better ensure that Survivors can access benefits vital to long term safety and healing.
Understanding the history of the Battered Women’s Movement is key to progress. Knowing our roots, and the path that got us to this point, enables us to think critically about the steps we must take to eradicate domestic violence.
Survivors with Disabilities
This course is an introduction to working with Survivors with disabilities who have or are experiencing domestic violence. It is a broad overview which should lead to a basic understanding of working with Survivors with disabilities. The course provides an overview of the many community resources available to assist you and Survivors and prepares you to dig deeper into this area of your advocacy work.
To access the OLC, please complete this form:
The OLC is sponsored in part by a generous grant from: