Webinar Resource on Domestic Violence and Healthy Relationships

21 01 2014

The Northwest Network (in Seattle) is now offering a series of free webinars on various topics related to domestic violence and beyond.  I participated in the first one, which was a powerful combination of DV101 and empowerment model advocacy.  They also have a library of on-demand webinars that are directly relevant to any self-defense instructor  — among the topics are strangulation injuries, and intimate partner stalkers, and battered women charged with crimes.


From their website:  Founded in 1987 by lesbian survivors of battering, the NW Network works to end abuse in our diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. As an organization founded by and for LGBT survivors, we’re deeply committed to fostering the empowerment of all survivors of abuse.  The NW Network increases our communities’ ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgendered, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.


Free boundaries workshop Thursday night!

11 05 2011

“If you have a hard time saying No, if drawing a line fills you with dread, if you frequently find yourself doing stuff you don’t really want to do, or if you are scared of sounding like a b*tch or a wimp if you set a boundary…”  consider signing up for “Guilt-Free Boundaries.”

Sounds like a great chance to learn some new ways to teach verbal skills—and this woman can do it over the phone! I haven’t taken this workshop (I plan to tomorrow), but I did take an in-person, experiential workshop with her on “Asking For What You Want,” and it was excellent! So why not grab a little professional development? Maybe I’ll “see” you there. –Lauren

Talk about abusive relationships, change the world

7 10 2010

A study of 6th graders found that 25% thought it was acceptable for boys to hit their girlfriends. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Talk about it: Here’s what the White House had to say (a good conversation starter).

Survivors’ speak out

21 09 2010

A new place for survivors to share their thoughts, feelings, experiences and support.

When she hits him: why gender and context matter

14 09 2010

This upcoming conference addresses women’s (especially survivors’) use of violence  in a complex and deep way. I learned just in reading the program!

Is it abuse?

10 08 2010

Many times, especially if there is no hitting, people have a hard time identifying abusive aspects of their relationships. Here are some  good questions that can help your students think about these issues. The list also can guide us as teachers in helping our students look at their lives.

Podcast Resource: Date Smarter, Not Harder

10 03 2010

Regardless of your interest in dating, many of your self-defense students will be! This podcast is particularly notable for you as a self-defense instructor because host Deborrah Cooper’s guests often are experts and authors in the areas of domestic violence, verbal abuse, good relationships, street harassment, boundary setting, . . . all those essential components of good self-defense.

I get this podcast via iTunes, and it’s also available as an RSS feed.  You can also follow this on Twitter as well as Facebook.  Go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/askheartbeat to read more about it and subscribe.