Hope House provides free in-person and virtual presentations and training in Sauk, Columbia, Juneau, Adams, and Marquette Counties. For more information or to schedule a presentation, please email the Community Education Program Manager here or call 608-356-9123 and
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Presentations for Adults
Hope House Services
This presentation offers an overview of Hope House's free and confidential services, including advocacy, shelter, and community education. You'll also hear about our current donation needs and volunteer opportunities.
Learn about the realities of domestic violence, the different forms of abuse, the obstacles victims face in leaving, how to help someone you know that’s being abused, and resources for young people and adults.
Childhood Domestic Violence
Learn about the realities of what kids are exposed to when there's an abusive adult in the home, the factors for how children might be affected, warning signs, things to say and how to help children thrive. The presentation includes a viewing of the film, Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home.
Learn about the definitions of sexual violence and consent, the dynamics, the impact on a victim, barriers to disclosure, how you can support people that have experienced sexual assault, and how you can help prevent it.
From the National Center on Elder Abuse's STEAP Initiative, this presentation covers the different types of elder abuse, risk and protective factors, warning signs, how to report it, and what each of us can do to prevent elder abuse.
Safe & Healthy Aging
This presentation covers the continuous process of optimizing opportunities to maintain and improve physical and mental health, independence, and quality of life as we grow older.
With information from Right to Be and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, this training teaches individuals to recognize unsafe and inappropriate behaviors, explains the 5D’s intervention strategies, and using scenarios, guides participants in practicing the skills related to safely taking action to stop harassment.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency
Learn about the CDC's ACEs survey and its impact on our understanding of the long-term impact of ACEs. Watch parts of the films Resiliency and Broken Places to help create or strengthen your trauma-informed perspective and think through how you can help young people be resilient.
Stewards of Children, child sexual abuse
Learn how to better protect kids and teens! Created by the national organization Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Please allow up to 2.5 hours for this award-winning training that utilizes a video, workbook, and group discussion.
Please contact Hope House to check availability for a human trafficking presentation from either one of our Sexual Assault Advocates or from the organization we partner with, UMOS. The presentation may include Human Trafficking 101, the ins and outs of online trafficking, and/or a training for industry-specific groups and community partners such as law enforcement, hospital staff, teaching staff, health and human services, and more. You may also request access to our archived webinar on this topic.
Audience-Specific Training Options
Businesses: As a result of the abuse they’re experiencing, domestic violence survivors often report having their work performance suffer and losing their job. Yet, economic insecurity is frequently cited as the main barrier to leaving an abusive partner. All of us have a role to play in stopping this cycle of violence. "Workplaces Respond to Domestic Abuse" covers how to make your workplace safer by proactively addressing domestic violence. Learn best practices for supporting employees who are experiencing domestic violence, Hope House services and the role of an advocate, as well as national resources from Workplaces Respond such as a model policy and a restraining order guide.
Health Depts/Public Health/Home Visitors: Adapted from Futures Without Violence's Safe Homes, Safe Babies curriculum, this presentation works to ensure that home visitors have adequate training and resources to help families living with domestic violence.
Health Care Professionals: Adapted from End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and IPVhealth.org, this presentation teaches health care professionals best practices on screening for domestic violence and sexual assault, including how to appropriately ask about abuse, what to say if they say no but you suspect abuse, what to do if they disclose, and how to refer to Hope House.
Law Enforcement: Learn about the role of a Hope House advocate, our law enforcement referral process, confidentiality law, common victim behavior, barriers to disclosure, and supportive statements and behavior.
Faith Leaders: Learn about the realities of domestic violence and sexual assault, how abusers misuse Scriptures, how to support victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and how your congregation can raise awareness.
Cosmetology: Cut It Out is a national program that teaches hair stylists how to recognize the warning signs of domestic violence, how to appropriately respond, how to refer, and how to raise awareness in salons. Free workbooks provided.
Bars & Other Alcohol-Serving Establishments: The SAFE Bar Network is a national organization that partners with bars and other alcohol-serving venues to create a workplace culture focused on giving everyone a safe night out. The SAFE Bar Network has trained Hope House staff to give their one-hour training. Interested businesses will also become part of The SAFE Bar Network. In the training, Hope House will facilitate conversations with employees on ways to step in when they see unsafe situations. With the support from the owners and management, the goal is that employees feel empowered to create a comfortable, safe, and fun atmosphere for patrons and staff alike.
For Parents/Guardians or Youth Service Providers
Bullying in Middle School
Watch and discuss Let’s Get Real, a film with middle school students discussing bullying (related to gender, racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, disabilities, religious differences) from all perspectives. Learn about intervention strategies and helpful school-wide prevention efforts.
Learn about the differences between bullying and sexual harassment, students' Title IX rights, types of sexual harassment, intervention strategies for harassment, activities to teach students about this important issue, activities and resources for young people, and ways to improve school climate.
Created by NetSmartz, this presentation teaches participants about inappropriate content, online privacy, sexting, online sexual solicitation, and cyberbullying. You may also request access to our archived webinar on this topic.
Learn about how to talk to youth about the rights and responsibilities of healthy relationships whether in the context of friends and family or dating.
Learn about the warning signs and prevalence of teen dating violence, why teens often don't report, the role of technology, how to help a teen victim, and resources for young people.
Gender Stereotypes & Violence
Using a fun activity, learn about our society’s gender stereotypes, the harms to individuals, relationships, and society, and what each of us can do to help.
Relationships in Songs
Learn how to analyze popular song lyrics and music videos for healthy and unhealthy messages about relationships and how to talk to teens about it. Get a chance to re-write lyrics with unhealthy messages about relationships into healthy ones!
Watch, discuss, and participate in activities related to the film Miss Representation, which covers how the "media is selling the idea that girls’ and women’s value lies in their youth, beauty, and sexuality and not in their capacity as leaders."
The Mask You Live In
Watch, discuss, and participate in activities related to the film The Mask You Live In, which covers the pressures boys and men feel to "disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence" and "how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men."
Coaching Boys Into Men and Athletes as Leaders
From Futures Without Violence, Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is an evidence-based program for male athletes in which coaches teach athletes leadership skills around healthy relationships and bystander intervention through brief, weekly sessions. Developed for female athletes, Athletes as Leaders was based off of CBIM. Hope House can provide your coaches with the train-the-trainer session to learn more about these programs and/or to begin implementation.