Due to COVID-19, the Jean Crowe Advocacy Center is currently closed. The Family Safety Center is still available for walk-in services.
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Training Calendar

January 6th, 2022- 11 AM – 12 PM: The Dynamics of Stalking

Speakers: Jaimie Riccitelli & Hailey Everly of The Mary Parrish Center

Description: Stalking is a serious and often misunderstood crime that impacts the lives of survivors affected by domestic violence. This training will provide an introduction to stalking, tools to recognize stalking behaviors, and prevalence of this issue.

January 28th, 2022- 9:30 – 11 AM: Human Trafficking Advanced Course

Speakers: Becky Bullard & Breanna Miller of The Office of Family Safety

Description: Join the Office of Family Safety for a deeper dive into the subject of human trafficking, as we explore more about the dynamics of human trafficking and how you can better serve trafficking victims in your work.

January 26th, 2022- 10 – 11:30 AM: Building a Strong Coordinated Community Response to Interpersonal Violence- Panel

Panelists: Whitney Blanton (OFS),  Mary Katherine Rand (Mary Parrish Center), Kelly Peters (Sexual Assault Center Nashville), Kathryn Ellis (Knoxville Family Justice Center), Christy Harness (Scott County Family Justice Center), Marquiepta Odom (YWCA Memphis)

February 2nd, 2022- 10 – 11 AM: Understanding Legal Aid Society Services

Speaker: Rebecca Toca of The Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands

Description: An overview of the services provided by the Legal Aid Society (LAS) to victims of interpersonal violence, including domestic violence related support, Civil Orders of Protection, and divorce. This is a useful webinar for any agency that routinely refers clients to LAS or is seeking additional legal referral sources for their clients.

February 4th, 2022- 11 AM – 12:30 PM- LEADERSHIP SERIES- Organizational Trauma & Healing

Speaker: Heather Herrmann of The Office of Family Safety

Description: This webinar will discuss the ways in which organizations can be traumatized and the ways that trauma reveals itself within individuals and groups in the workplace. In addition, we will begin to explore what we can do to mitigate past trauma within organizations and build resilience in our staff and systems.

February 9th & 16th, 2022- 9 AM – 3:30 PM- Equity Learning Collective 2-Day Course

Hosted By: The Office of Family Safety, The Sexual Assault Center of Nashville, & The YWCA of Nashville & Middle TN

Description: The mission of the Collective is “Building a future free from oppression through experiential education.” This two-day course is designed to be an immersive and highly interactive way to build participant’s cultural awareness, help recognize power dynamics between providers and clients as well as systemic oppressions that can impact services to victims of trauma, and help increase capacity of the participants to lead conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion in their agencies and communities.

February 14th, 2022- 10 – 11:30 AM: Black Voices on Serving Victims at the Margins- Panel

Panelists: TBA

Description: In honor of Black History Month, the Office of Family Safety is hosting a panel with leaders in Nashville’s response to interpersonal violence to discuss Nashville’s response to marginalized and underserved victims, goals and hopes for growth in the movement, and how Nashville can lead these efforts in our state moving forward.

February 22nd & 24th, 2022- 12 – 4 PM: Second Annual Strangulation Response Summit 

Description: Join the OFS in a 2-day in-depth review of strangulation as a weapon of control and abuse in domestic violence. This training will cover strangulation from both a medical and prosecutorial perspective with sessions hosted by the OFS, the DA’s Office, and medical service providers from Nashville hospitals, as well as a Q&A panel during the conclusion. All victim service providers, counselors, advocates, medical professionals, attorneys, law enforcement and first responders are encouraged to join us.

March 2nd, 2022 – April 13th, 2022- 1:30 – 3:30 PM: Interpersonal Violence Training Institute –
7-Week Course

Facilitator: Heather Herrmann of The Office of Family Safety

Description: This 7-week course is designed to give individuals from all disciplines who are new to working with victims of interpersonal violence a solid foundation in understanding the impact of trauma, different types of interpersonal violence and their intersections, survivor-centered work, and recognizing risk factors. Each week will contain one 90 – 120 minute live session, as well as 60 to 90 minutes of self-paced online course work to complete on your own in between sessions.


March 18th, 2022 – 11 AM – 12:30 PM: Abuser’s Use of Custody Disputes for Control

Speaker: Heather Herrmann of The Office of Family Safety

Description: According to the APA Presidential Taskforce on Violence & the Family Abusers are more likely than their victim’s to seek sole/primary custody of children. Abusers sometimes seek to leverage the custody system against their victims, as just another facet of their abuse and control. This webinar will explore post-separation and custody impacts on abusive dynamics and how these systems can be leveraged against victims.