ABUSE INTERVENTIONIST PROGRAM
How to Help
There are over 100,000 victims of domestic violence throughout Canada every year. Of those thousands of victims, around 90 are killed annually by an intimate partner as a result of domestic violence. With such a stunning statistic that deals with a highly personal matter, it may feel as if there is little hope when it comes to domestic abuse, but this is far from true. Education about abusive situations has helped thousands of people worldwide by empowering them to either intervene in a friend or family member's domestic abuse situation, or get them out of their own. All it takes to be effective in combatting domestic violence is the proper training on how to prevent the matter. That's where we come in.
Our Abuse Interventionist Course is broken down into four different segments - what abuse looks like on the inside, how to spot the signs of symptoms of abuse from the outside, how to approach and talk to a victim of abuse, and how to help that victim seek the help that they need. With these four components, we address everything you will need to know about an abusive situation in order to get involved.
This course is currently taught online on Zoom over the span of two session that are two hours each.
What Abuse Looks Like on the Inside
Abusive situations are highly subjective and often very touchy subjects. Hollywood has painted misconstrued pictures of domestic violence by only showing the physical side of such circumstances, but what many people don't understand is that there is far more than the physical aspect of abuse. This section of the course dives into all of the other factors that come into play within an abusive situation, and how they will affect how you might approach someone to help them seek help.
The Signs and Symptoms of Abuse
This section of the course goes over all of the external and internal signs and symptoms that a victim of abuse may carry with them. Again, the universally accepted signs of abuse are bruises and cuts all over the body, but in addition to the obvious indications, there are several more subtle characteristics and personality traits that you may be able to pick up on. By diving into the physical, emotional and psychological signs that are apparent within a victim of domestic violence, we aim to provide a more comprehensive view on abusive situations.
How to Approach and Talk to a Victim of Abuse
Conversation is a highly intricate form of communication with a plethora of factors involved. Most people don't view a friendly chat as an opportunity to learn everything there is to learn about an individual inside and out, but when you know what you're doing, you can employ different tactics that will lead you to exactly where you need to be. This section of the course addresses how to have tactical conversations with a victim of abuse and hopefully lead them to a place where they are comfortable disclosing their situation to you. The primary goal of this interventionist strategy is to acquire information about their situation so that you can approach this matter with the peak amount of safety and productivity, and then attempt to lead them into a state where they feel comfortable and safe enough to seek the help that they need.
How to Help a Victim of Abuse Seek Help
Quick, you find out a friend is getting beat by their significant other and they are at your doorstep looking for help. What do you do? Most often, people assume they'll know what to do in a crisis once that crisis is upon them, but it is all too common to witness someone freeze or completely choke under pressure. This section of the course helps prepare you for this type of scenario. We cover who to go to for help, and where to retrieve resources for that friend or family member in need. Going into this situation completely prepared is direly important and can help save a life in the long run.