Survivors of domestic violence face overwhelming barriers to escaping an abusive relationship—financial, legal and housing obstacles often combine with a partner’s escalating violence to create a seemingly impossible mountain to reaching safety and healing. As advocates working to help survivors and their families, it’s essential that we have an awareness of these barriers and explore strategies to dismantle them. This webinar will explore the intersections of many different types of barriers, including those brought about by trauma, social norms and systemic weaknesses.
Continuing Education Hours: 1.5
This webinar has been approved by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for 1.5 CEUs for advocates working in Georgia’s state-certified domestic violence programs.
After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to
• Describe the complex barriers survivors of domestic violence face when attempting to escape a violent relationship and how these barriers influence their decisions with respect to leaving or returning to the relationship.
• Identify at least five examples of personal and/or systemic barriers that can interfere with a survivor’s ability to safely escape an abusive relationship.
• Understand the advocate’s role in exploring these unique barriers with each survivor and helping to minimize barriers whenever possible.
Advocates and administrative staff of state-certified and community based domestic violence service programs in Georgia, as well as allied professionals working with families experiencing domestic violence.