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

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 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.

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