Community Education & Prevention 2017-10-23T11:39:41+00:00

Prevention, Education and Community Engagement: The PEACE Project

The mission of the PEACE Project is to raise awareness and provide education that will engage the entire community in ending relationship violence and creating a peaceful society.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about domestic violence and how you can make a difference in the effort to end the cycle of abuse that one of three women will experience in her lifetime. Family Shelter cannot do it alone and education is the true key to ending abuse.

Domestic abuse is a very complex issue that affects not only the victim, but also the victim’s family and society as a whole. Family Shelter offers several educational modules in order to meet the needs of individuals, groups and/or professionals in our community. Our professional facilitators are experienced in addressing a number of topics and we welcome the opportunity to offer a class to you.

Getting Involved – Taking the First Step

This class is designed for those who are learning about domestic violence for the first time. Topics covered include:

  • Defining domestic violence
  • Use of power and control in relationships
  • Impact on the victim
  • Barriers to ending abusive relationships
  • Cycle of violence

The recommended length of this class is a minimum of 1- 1.5 hour.

Recommended audience: Churches, parent groups, civic groups


Responding to Domestic Violence

This class is designed for professionals who encounter victims in their work and are seeking tools that will help them respond appropriately to this sensitive issue. Topics covered are:

  • Understanding Power & Control
  • Basic understanding of trauma
  • Intervention techniques: questions to ask, listening, respecting and supporting
  • Safety planning
  • Community resources and referrals

The recommended length of this class is a minimum of 1.5 – 2 hours.

Recommended audience: service providers, teachers, substance abuse programs, and healthcare providers


Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

This training is appropriate for professionals who work with children and those who wish to understand the effect of family violence on those who are most vulnerable – children. Topics covered are:

  • Impact on children
  • Child witnesses
  • Child trauma
  • Supportive behaviors
  • Mandated reporting requirements can be added for a fee

The recommended length of this class is a minimum of 1.5 – 2 hours.

Recommended audience: agencies providing services to children, teachers, and child care providers


Teen Dating Abuse & Healthy Relationships

This training can be adapted for teens, parents and professionals who work with teens. Topics covered are:

  • Warning signs for teens and parents
  • Defining teen abuse
  • What do healthy relationships look like
  • Teen safety planning

The recommended length of this class is a minimum of 1.5 – 2hours

Recommended audience: parents, mother-daughter groups, teachers, youth ministries, and agencies serving teens


For more information, or to arrange this particular training, contact Tikiya Young at

Advanced Training Topics*

  • Cultural issues and domestic violence
  • Issues specific to immigrants
  • Impact of childhood trauma on adults
  • Intervention techniques
  • Legal system and domestic violence
  • Substance abuse and domestic violence
  • Screening techniques for medical professionals
  • Workplace and domestic violence

*For those with a basic understanding of domestic violence

The recommended length of this class is a minimum of 1.5 – 2hours


48-Hour Domestic Violence Training

Family Shelter Service is delighted to know that you are interested in participating in our 48-Hour Domestic Violence Training session. Please check back for upcoming training dates.

Classes are held from 9am to noon and 1pm to 5pm, with a one-hour lunch break. We realize that you are making quite a commitment to attend the training, so we encourage you to dress casually and feel free to bring lunch and snacks for yourself as we have a large refrigerator for storage!

The training is held at our Community Counseling facility, located at 7300 S. Main St. in Downers Grove. Main Street is off of Lemont Road, 3 blocks north of 75th Street.  We charge a $250.00 fee for professional or personal education, a $125.00 fee for Family Shelter Service volunteers and a $75 fee for students, to cover the cost of the training and manuals that you will be able to keep as a great resource.

Reservations tend to fill up quickly due to limited space and a high interest from community members, so we cannot guarantee slots will still be available by the registration deadline.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a very complex issue that affects one out of three women in her lifetime.  The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence therefore requires that all domestic violence staff, interns and volunteers who wish to provide direct services to victims complete a minimum of 40 hours of training.

Family Shelter Service has been approved by the ICDVP Board of Directors to offer this training.  Our professional facilitators offer this training two to three times a year and trainings are open to professionals and community members who wish to learn more about this devastating societal problem.

The topics covered are all essential to a true understanding of domestic abuse and include, but are not limited to:

  • Violence: An American Tradition
  • Impact of violence on the victim
  • Profile of the batterer
  • Effects of domestic violence on children
  • Substance abuse and domestic violence
  • Orders of Protection and the legal response

No matter what your reason for attending this training, you will find it to be a life-altering education experience, and the knowledge you gain will enable you to advocate in your community on behalf of all victims.

Please feel free to participate in our next training by completing and returning a printable training form,  or registering online.  For more information send an email to

“Education is the engine that drives our desire and ability to cause positive change.” – Author unknown