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Advocacy for Victims of Abuse Online Training


Description
Welcome to the Advocacy for Victims of Abuse Online Training

This is a self-paced training on abuse for clergy, spiritual leaders, teachers, and anti-abuse advocates. It was created by Advocacy for Victims of Abuse, a ministry of Love Mercy Do Justice, a mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The purpose of this training is to provide clergy and other leaders with information on issues of intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and childhood sexual assault. Furthermore, it offers foundational knowledge about trauma, healing, and a theology of abuse.

Given the prevalence of these forms of abuse, all faith leaders should have basic knowledge about how to care for victims. However, we recognize there are limits to this training; some topics are better suited for a professional counseling environment.

OUR MISSION
To promote safety and healing for victims of abuse, and to help bring an end to violence against women, men, and children. We desire to create safe sanctuaries and healing communities.
For additional Advocacy for Victims of Abuse resources, visit the website at https://covchurch.org/topic/advocacy-for-victims-of-abuse/.

HOW TO USE THIS TRAINING
This training can be used as a one-time instruction as well as reference for future use. Once you have completed the lessons, you may return to them at any time to refresh your memory. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of this training to document this learning opportunity.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
After completing this training, you will know:
- Definitions of intimate partner violence and childhood sexual assault
- How to identify intimate partner violence and childhood sexual assault within your congregation
- How to respond to incidents of intimate partner violence and childhood sexual assault
- Prevention and intervention strategies
- A theology of abuse
- General information about the trauma victims endure and what their healing journey may look like

The training has eleven lessons:
Lesson 1: Defining Intimate Partner Violence
Lesson 2: Profile of Abusers and the Cycle of Abuse
Lesson 3: Why Victims Stay and Effects on Children
Lesson 4: Guidance for Clergy
Lesson 5: Teen Dating Violence
Lesson 6: Child Abuse and Neglect
Lesson 7: Child Sexual Abuse
Lesson 8: Trauma and Healing
Lesson 9: Theology of Abuse
Lesson 10: Misused Biblical Passages
Lesson 11: Reporting Requirements
Resources
Safety Plan
Receive Advocate Certificate
Content
  • Welcome
  • AVA Glossary
  • LESSON 1: DEFINING INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
  • Objectives
  • Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence
  • What Constitutes Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?
  • Forms of Abuse
  • Myths and Facts about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
  • Lesson 1 Quiz
  • Lesson 1 - Links and Resources
  • LESSON 2: PROFILE OF ABUSERS AND THE CYCLE OF ABUSE
  • Objectives
  • Profile of Abusers
  • How Abusers Use Power and Control
  • The Cycle of Abuse
  • Lesson 2 Quiz
  • Lesson 2 - Links & Resources
  • LESSON 3: WHY VICTIMS STAY AND EFFECTS ON CHILDREN
  • Objectives
  • Why Victims Stay
  • Social and Cultural Conditioning that Encourages Victims to Stay
  • Effects on Children
  • Lesson 3 Quiz
  • Lesson 3 - Links & Resources
  • LESSON 4: GUIDE FOR CLERGY/LAY LEADERS/ADVOCATES
  • Objectives
  • The Role of Church Leaders
  • How to Assist a Victim of Abuse
  • What to Avoid
  • How to Speak to Perpetrators of Abuse
  • What if Someone on a Church Staff is Suspected of Abuse?
  • Lesson 4 Quiz
  • Lesson 4 - Links and Resources
  • LESSON 5: TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
  • Objectives
  • Prevalence of Teen Dating Violence
  • What is Teen Dating Violence?
  • Preventing Teen Dating Violence
  • Effects of Teen Dating Violence
  • Lesson 5 Quiz
  • Lesson 5 - Links and Resources
  • LESSON 6: CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
  • Objectives
  • Prevalence of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • What is Child Abuse and Neglect?
  • Forms of Abuse
  • Preventative Measures for Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Signs that an Adult May Be Hurting a Child
  • Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Caring for Children Who Have Been Abused or Neglected
  • Lesson 6 Quiz
  • Lesson 6 - Links and Resources
  • LESSON 7: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
  • Objectives
  • Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse
  • What is Child Sexual Abuse?
  • Forms of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Signs That an Adult May Be Sexually Abusing a Child
  • Warning Signs That a Child is Being Sexually Abused
  • Effects of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
  • Lesson 7 Quiz
  • Lesson 7 - Links and Resources
  • LESSON 8: TRAUMA AND HEALING
  • Objectives
  • What is Trauma?
  • Trauma Responses
  • Effects of Trauma
  • Healing
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Lesson 8 Quiz
  • Lesson 8 - Links and Resources
  • LESSON 9: THEOLOGY OF ABUSE
  • Objectives
  • Theology of Abuse Introduction
  • Where Was God, And Why Did God Allow This To Happen?
  • Is My Sinfulness The Cause of This, Or Did I Somehow Cause This To Happen?
  • Does God Still Love Me?
  • Do I Need To Forgive My Abuser?
  • Lesson 9 Quiz
  • LESSON 10: MISUSED BIBLICAL PASSAGES
  • Objectives
  • Misused Biblical Passages
  • Lesson 10 Quiz
  • LESSON 11: REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
  • Objectives
  • Abuse Laws and Reporting Requirements
  • Steps to Comply with Legal Requirements
  • Lesson 11 Quiz
  • Resources
  • Safety Plan Resource
  • Resource List
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever