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Monthly Member Meeting | Understanding Domestic Violence: What Advocates Want You to Know

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November 15 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm EST

Approved for 1 General and 1 Family Law CLE

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence: What Advocates Want You to Know is a training created for NADP membership and delivered by Leslie Coplin, LMSW Domestic Violence Advocate and Training and Community Engagement Coordinator for YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services. Training goals include education on the prevalence, scope and dynamics of domestic violence and promoting collaboration between divorce professionals and DV providers toward enhanced safety and well-being of those clients experiencing abuse.

This 50-minute training will explore the impact of domestic violence on victims, their children and society and the importance of recognizing and responding to signs of abuse. The training will elaborate on best practices for safely working with victims/survivors and the importance of referring them to DV advocates for a wide array of free and confidential services such as: safety planning, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and counseling that complement the efforts of the divorce professional.

The training will conclude with specific recommendations from DV advocates for divorce professionals including avenues for collaboration, safety considerations and guidelines for supporting clients who have been victims of abuse or have used abusive tactics in their relationship. The concluding 10 minutes will be reserved for a question-and-answer period.


  • The divorce professionals’ role is to recognize the signs that a client may be experiencing abuse, respond in a validating manner and safely refer to domestic violence providers for support services.
  • Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to get and maintain power and control of another person within an intimate partner relationship.
  • Domestic violence is not limited to physical violence and includes sexual abuse, verbal abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, financial abuse and digital abuse.
  • Domestic violence happens regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, education or employment status.
  • Collaboration between divorce professionals and domestic violence advocates enhances the safety and well-being of clients experiencing abuse.


Leslie Coplin began her career at YWCA Greenwich facilitating Prevention Education Programs in the Greenwich Public Schools, engaging 6th and 8th  grade students to explore differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships while providing a unique opportunity to practice relationship skills in an emotionally safe environment. Leslie presents about the dynamics of teen dating violence and the components of healthy dating relationships to teens and young adults in a variety of settings. Leslie also facilitated Second Step, an evidenced-based social emotional learning and violence and bullying prevention program for elementary-aged students, as well as the best-practice girls’ empowerment program, Girls Circle, for middle school-aged girls in Greenwich. In addition to her prevention and education work directly with youth, Leslie speaks with parents on how to keep the lines of communication open with their children and help them foster healthy relationships with friends and dating partners. Leslie regularly delivers trainings to professionals such as law enforcement, medical and behavioral health providers, private attorneys, educators, and community and faith-based organizations on the dynamics of intimate partner violence and how to safely work with victims of abuse. Leslie also works to generally raise awareness around domestic violence in Greenwich by engaging with community members through speaking events and media appearances. In addition, Leslie facilitates the State Certification in Domestic Violence training course, a prerequisite for Advocates or volunteers working with survivors of intimate partner violence in Connecticut.
Over the last few years, Leslie has expanded her scope of work, creating original content for presentations around protective factors that impact the quality of relationships throughout the life cycle such as such as practical parenting, gender stereotypes, the impact of social media, elder abuse, media representation and the loneliness epidemic.
Leslie helped launch YWCA Greenwich’s DEI curriculum initiative facilitating interactive workshops on topics such as Diversity Awareness, Managing Implicit Bias and Everyday Anti-Racism for community partner agencies and non- profit organizations.
Leslie’s work is informed by her varied life experiences, both personal and professional and a lifelong passion for communication in many forms. Leslie’s practice is guided by the Social Worker’s Code of Ethics including a strengths-based perspective, person in environment approach to working with people and a lens of cultural humility.
Leslie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Emerson College and Masters Degree from the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University. Prior to joining YWCA Greenwich, Leslie facilitated a Life Skills curriculum and self-advocacy and mutual aid groups to middle school students through The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center. Leslie’s previous career was in performing, television production and talent booking for shows such as Late Show with David Letterman and The Ricki Lake Show.

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