This interactive training provides participants with an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence and the impact that domestic violence can have on individuals and families that you serve. We will talk about how we define domestic violence, tactics perpetrators use to obtain power and control over their partners, statistics, discussion on “why does she stay?” and what you and your agency can do to effectively support domestic violence survivors. Come with a desire to explore this difficult and complex topic, share with others, have some fun, and leave with some new knowledge and ideas about working effectively with families who are experiencing domestic violence.
Rachel Ramirez-Hammond is the Training Coordinator for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network. She began her work in the domestic violence movement eight years ago at a large domestic violence organization in Florida as a bilingual shelter advocate and a bilingual children’s case manager. After relocating to Ohio, Rachel coordinated the Ohio Hispanic Coalition’s domestic violence program for Spanish speakers, and interned with the Ohio Department of Health’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Program, focusing on issues relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and mental health. Since 2007, Rachel has been ODVN’s training coordinator, and has presented to hundreds of groups on multiple topics related to domestic violence, In addition, Rachel co-authored Trauma-Informed Care: Protocols and Best Practices for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs. Fluent in Spanish, Rachel has her MA in Latin American Studies, her MSW from the Ohio State University, and is a licensed independent social worker.