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Special Collection: Online Learning Tools on Violence Against Women

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What is an Online Learning Tool? | Back to top

Electronic learning (e-Learning) refers to education where the primary medium of instruction is computer technology. Common applications include “virtual classrooms” and “online blackboards,” developed to support distance learning. However, tools that support e-Learning are not limited to use in academic settings. As professionals seek new and convenient training alternatives, a variety of web-accessible tools have surfaced.

In the broadest sense, an Online Learning Tool is any web-based resource that supports educational development. Ideally, these tools are interactive, self-guided, and engaging. Examples include online classes, learning modules, articles with discussion guides, slideshows, podcasts, videos, web conferences, online toolkits, and even virtual exhibits.

Purpose of this collection | Back to top

This collection provides a sampling of available Online Learning Tools with subject matter related to violence against women prevention and intervention. Materials included in this collection have four key components: they are 1) free*, 2) available online, 3) interactive, and 4) self-guided. The resources listed here can be used for the purposes of staff development (by individuals), or as tools for trainers (in groups). Potential audiences include human service professionals, advocates, volunteers, educators, students, medical personnel, attorneys, judges, probation officers, law enforcement officers, and others with an interest in developing their knowledge base on violence against women and intersecting issues.

Many of the tools in this list offer Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to fulfill licensure requirements for professionals in certain disciplines. For more complete lists of online trainings that offer CEUs, it is recommended that you check with affiliated professional associations.

This list is not comprehensive, but can serve as a starting point to explore e-Learning options. VAWnet’s goal is to keep this collection updated by regularly adding new materials. Our hope is that you will help us to build this collection of cutting edge, high-quality resources. If you know of a useful tool to add, please submit your recommendation using our Online Contact Form.

*Note: VAWnet strives to provide materials that are accessible to the general public and available in full at no cost. A list of Online Learning Tools with Associated Costs is provided at the end of this collection for those who are interested in exploring those options.

A Note Regarding Accessibility | Back to top

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) are committed to providing resources that meet standards of Universal Design, which promotes accessibility to the greatest number of people regardless of age, ability, etc. Accordingly, alternate formats of the materials listed here are included wherever possible.

The nature of the Internet lends itself to both increasing and restricting accessibility, which is dependent on many factors. Some of the resources in this collection are highly accessible to people with a variety of auditory or visual abilities based on the multi-faceted media that are utilized. However, some formats will require that users consider additional avenues for increasing access, such as (but not limited to) captioning or translation. The authors ask that you keep these considerations in mind when utilizing any training tool.

For more information and guidance regarding the development of accessible materials and programs, visit the VERA Institute of Justice - Accessing Safety Initiative (ASI) at http://www.accessingsafety.org/.

Considerations | Back to top

Applications of Online Learning Tools

Online Learning Tools can be applied in a variety of settings and situations by many types of audiences:

  • Trainers can use and adapt these tools when developing workshops on various topics.
  • Program staff and other human service providers can utilize the self-directed training modules for continuing education.
  • Managers can include these resources in staff orientation packages.
  • These resources can serve as the basis for discussion at in-service learning sessions or staff retreats.
  • Students can benefit from accessing these resources as part of a class curriculum.
  • Educators can get new ideas for the creative presentation of information as demonstrated in these multi-media formats.
  • Survivors can learn about the dynamics of abuse and share reflections based on their own experiences.
The possibilities for the ways these materials can be utilized seem endless. If you have creative applications to recommend, please submit your ideas using our Online Contact Form.

Benefits and Limitations

As the Internet becomes more and more a part of our daily lives, the trend towards embracing e-Learning has grown. New and creative ways of facilitating e-Learning surface every day as the web evolves from an information-sharing medium to a forum that emphasizes human interaction and social networking.

With this shift, organizations are exploring the potential usefulness of e-Learning. While evidence has shown that e-Learning is just as effective for the learner as in-person learning, there are several benefits and limitations to consider regarding this format.

Benefits of e-Learning:

  • Self-paced
  • Individualized instruction
  • Addresses different learning styles through varied activities
  • Interactive (often collaborative in virtual learning communities)
  • Available on-demand
  • Encourages students to take responsibility for their learning
  • Participant takes an active learning role
  • Can provide access to experts worldwide
  • Cost-effective
  • Facilitates information-sharing
  • Repetition and consistent message

Limitations of e-Learning:

  • Reduced cultural and social interaction (communication & peer-to-peer learning)
  • Instructor is often unavailable
  • Participants need a certain level of technological capacity (memory, high-speed connection, etc.) and ability (personal computer skills)
  • Skill-building may be limited without hands-on practice
  • Difficult to address nuance
  • Requires the development of quality control and information-sharing processes by organizations

You are encouraged to consider these benefits and limitations, and decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not e-Learning is the best medium for accomplishing the learning objectives and purpose of each specific training. In fact, a combination of e-Learning and in-person training approaches can be very effective as well.

In the article No Significant Difference and Distance Education (2002), Rick Shearer challenges us to envision new ways to use technology to accomplish learning goals:

"It is not whether we can meet the same learning outcomes with technology, but how do we use the technologies to enrich the experience, to go beyond what can be done in the face-to-face or other delivery environment."
Evaluating Resources: Credibility, Validity, and Quality

When evaluating web-based resources, it’s important to remember that anyone can put anything on the world wide web. It is important to take a close, critical look at the information you find online. The resources listed in the Special Collection: Researching Violence Against Women Online provide some general information and tips on critiquing web-based resources.

Needs Assessment
A good place to begin when implementing a training plan is by conducting an organizational needs assessment. The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) offers this useful online tool to facilitate the process:
  • Online Training Self Assessment Tool | HTML HTML
    by Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC)
    This online assessment tool was developed to help identify and assess organizations' training/technical assistance needs by guiding the user through seven major areas of interest. Receive a printable summary of responses and a list of available resources.
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Tools | Back to top

Online Classes/Tutorials/Courses
This selection of resources includes self-guided, interactive course modules that utilize various formats for presenting information (case studies, literature review, lecture, etc.) followed by some type of assessment tool that allows the user to gauge his/her understanding of the material presented. Most include suggested resources for further study and many provide a completion certificate based on evaluation scores.

A go-to resource for free online training is Trainingforums.org, an accessible, dynamic e-learning facility providing relevant, timely training and discussion to the domestic violence victim service provider community. Funded by OVW, a department of the U.S. Department of Justice, this facility offers timely courses on topics, trends and issues relevant to service providers serving domestic violence victims.
  • Angela's Family: A Story of Intimate Partner Violence | HTML HTML
    by Global Violence Prevention, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
    This online training module is based on a case study where participants are asked to respond to multiple choice questions as they read the case, taking on the perspectives of many different types of professionals that come into contact with Angela.
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  • Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault Online Training | HTML HTML
    by Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2008)
    The primary purpose of these self-guided training modules is to assist rape crisis programs in Arkansas in training their staff and volunteer advocates, however the materials provide valuable information to anyone wanting to learn about sexual assault.
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  • Balancing Acts: Keeping Children Safe in Congregations | HTML HTML
    by Reverend Debra W. Haffner and Joan Tabachnick, New England Adolescent Research Institute, Inc. with the Unitarian Universalist Association
    This online course offers information, policies, and procedural suggestions to create a congregation where children and youth will be safe from sexual abuse. This course provides essential tools for a comprehensive approach to safety and prevention.
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  • Center for Sex Offender Management Training Curricula | HTML HTML
    by Center for Sex Offender Management
    These online training curricula are intended for use by trainers of probation and parole agencies and other stakeholders across the country who share responsibility for sex offender management. Topics include supervision, treatment, and secondary trauma.
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  • Cultural Competency | HTML HTML
    by Trainingforums.org, Witness Justice (2009)
    This course covers how culturally appropriate and effective services can be created and provided by professionals in the domestic violence community and the importance of mastering culturally sensitive attitudes, skills, and behaviors.
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  • Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence: Applying Best Practice Guidelines | HTML HTML
    by Silvia Y. Beaupre, Access Continuing Education, Inc.
    Developed for continuing nursing education, this online course defines domestic violence, discusses consequences, identifies risk factors, introduces screening practices, provides best practices for intervention, and lists available resources in Florida.
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  • Domestic Violence Online Course | HTML HTML
    by William S. Smock, University of Louisville Continuing Health Sciences Education (December 2004)
    This 3-hour online course provides an in-depth look at the medical, social and legal issues surrounding domestic violence. The target audience is physicians and other healthcare professionals who routinely interact with patients.
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  • Domestic Violence & Pregnancy: Effective Screening and Intervention | HTML HTML
    by SafePlace
    This 1.5-hour online training is intended for health care professionals, social workers, and case managers in Ob/Gyn and family planning. It explores knowledge required to identify, treat, document and, if necessary, report domestic violence.
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  • Domestic Violence Training Program | HTML HTML
    by NASW Domestic Violence Committee c/o Ann Fleck-Henderson, Simmons College School of Social Work
    This online domestic violence training program is geared to social workers at all levels of experience. Develops skills for interviewing and assessment, provides justice system resources, describes the impact on children, and explores perpetrator mindset.
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  • Environmental Strategies for Prevention: A Guide to Helping the Prevention Professional Work Effectively in the Community | HTML HTML
    (21 p.) by Prevention Pathways, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) (March 2005)>br /> This course is designed to introduce prevention professionals and concerned citizens to the basic principles of environmental strategies of prevention work, and to help them learn how to apply these approaches in their own communities.
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  • Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating this Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence | HTML HTML
    by National Judicial Education Program of Legal Momentum
    This online course covers the legal, medical and social science aspects of intimate partner sexual abuse. It is focused on judges but is also intended for a multidisciplinary audience including court personnel.
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  • Irene's Journey: Examining the Issues of Domestic Violence in Later Life | HTML HTML
    by Cari Michaels, VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (October 2005)
    This interactive case study (including current research and programmatic resources) presents a story of domestic violence in later life and a series of questions that require taking the perspectives of professionals, family members and friends.
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  • It Won't Happen to Me: Substance Abuse Related Violence Against Women for Anyone Concerned About The Issues | HTML HTML
    by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP): Prevention Pathways (2004)
    This 11-module online course discusses substance abuse, violence against women, the connection between the two, signs and symptoms, myths, how to see if a problem exists, as well as prevention, treatment and legal options.
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  • Orientation to Violence Prevention & Scope of the Problem | HTML HTML
    by PREVENT
    This is a series of short, self-directed online learning modules offering an introduction to violence prevention. Each module includes several slideshow presentations with audio. A printable outline (slides and script), and a glossary are available.
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  • Responsible Fathering: Intervention at the Intersection of Woman Abuse and Child Maltreatment | HTML HTML
    by Global Violence Prevention, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
    This series of 3 online training modules is based on case studies where participants are asked to respond to multiple choice questions as they read the cases, taking on the perspectives of different types of professionals.
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  • Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training | HTML HTML
    by Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC)
    The 2-day curriculum teaches advocates about advocacy/counseling, the realities and impact of sexual assault, procedures to follow in common situations, techniques to support recovery, and compassion fatigue and self-care.
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  • Sexual Harassment: Trend of Turning Point, A self-paced sexual harassment prevention course | PDF PDF (97 p.)
    by Riley Harvill, Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University (April 2006)
    The method of this online workbook is to help users analyze actual workplace scenarios, put themselves in the role of both victim and harasser, and covertly practice what they would do if a similar incident occurred.
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  • Silence Hurts: Alcohol Abuse and Violence Against Women (for Professionals) | HTML HTML
    by Prevention Pathways, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) (2004)
    This online course describes these 'hidden problems' and identifies risk factors, screening and assessment tools, prevention and intervention strategies, tools for clients, and legal issues.
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  • Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care | HTML HTML
    by Trainingforums.org, Witness Justice (2008)
    This online course explores the causes, impact, experience, and types of trauma as it relates to domestic violence survivors, and delves into the nature, application and implementation of trauma-informed care.
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  • 12 Teaching Scenarios: Responding to Rape, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse | HTML HTML (15 p.)
    by Woman's Justice Center (2000)
    Teaching scenarios used in this self-paced online course are designed for use in groups and classes of all kinds.
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  • Undocumented Survivors | HTML HTML
    by Trainingforums.org, Witness Justice (2009)
    This course addresses specific issues for undocumented survivors of domestic violence. Special attention is placed on the unique needs and considerations of immigrants.
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  • The Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online) | HTML HTML
    by Cicatelli Associates Inc. with the National Center for Victims of Crime and Safe Horizon, Inc., Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC)
    This online program is a basic victim advocacy training offering victim services providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.
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  • Violence Against Women on the Internet | HTML HTML
    by Diane L. Rosenfeld, Harvard Law School, Berkman Center for Internet & Society (2002)
    This series of 5 online learning modules explores the various ways in which violence against women is facilitated through the use of the Internet, as well as ways in which the Internet may be used as a site of resistance to such violence.
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  • West Virginia Online RA Training Module on Sexual Misconduct and Stalking | HTML HTML
    by West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services
    This training module, formatted as a slideshow presentation with audio, is designed to provide information and resources on the issues of stalking and sexual misconduct for resident assistants/resident advisors (RAs) on college campuses.
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Online Slideshows & PowerPoint Presentations
This section includes slideshow presentations – with or without audio accompaniment – on topics related to violence against women. Some can be adapted as tools for trainers, and others are better suited to individual use for self-teaching purposes.

Prevention Connection offers a large catalog of Online Presentations – tutorials on topics related to the prevention of violence against women. These short (5-10 minute) narrated animations can be shared with others for training, presentations, and fundraising.
  • Prevention Connection Online Presentations | HTML HTML
    by Prevention Connection, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
    Online Presentations are tutorials on topics related to the prevention of violence against women. These short (5-10 minute) narrated animations can be shared with others for training, presentations, and fundraising.
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  • Case-Based Teaching Modules on Interpersonal Violence | HTML HTML
    by Public Health and Education Task Force, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
    This set of online slideshows includes four case-based modules for medical resident instruction about violence throughout the life cycle. Participants learn to recognize clinical manifestations and apply appropriate interventions.
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  • Domestic Violence and Policing Presentation | HTML HTML
    by Captain Pete Helein, Appleton Police Department with Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs
    Includes 2 slideshow presentations from the "Taking it to the Streets" program, designed to provide education about domestic violence: "Preventing Domestic Violence Through Integrated Community Policing Strategies" and "WI Law Enforcement Legal Update."
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  • Finding Evidence for Sexual Violence Prevention Programs | HTML HTML
    by Andres Villaveces, PREVENT
    This 1 hour slideshow with audio helps participants be able to identify and evaluate the best sources of information (or evidence) on which to base intervention decisions and prevention activities.
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  • Intersections Between Domestic Violence & Childhood Maltreatment Conference | HTML HTML
    by Ontario Women's Directorate, Scott Research Lab, University of Toronto (October 2004)
    This is a collection of powerpoint presentations orginally presented at the conference in Toronto. These conference materials are helpful to professionals working to address the intersection of violence against women, fatherhood and parenting.
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  • Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy: A Guide for Clinicians | HTML HTML
    by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Work Group on the Prevention of Violence During Pregnancy (2006)
    This online screen show is a training tool for clinicians to increase understanding of the important role they can play in identifying, preventing, and reducing intimate partner violence, emphasizing the critical role of prenatal care providers.
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  • Making a Difference: Your Role in Sexual Violence Prevention | HTML HTML
    by Joan Tabachnick, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2009)
    This PowerPoint slideshow was developed for a general audience with various customizable elements for trainer adaptation. It is based on NSVRC's publication, "Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention," by Joan Tabachnick.
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  • Orientation to Violence Prevention & Scope of the Problem | HTML HTML
    by PREVENT
    This is a series of short, self-directed online learning modules offering an introduction to violence prevention. Each module includes several slideshow presentations with audio. A printable outline (slides and script), and a glossary are available.
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  • Series on Sexual Violence | HTML HTML
    by Government Innovators Network, Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation
    Materials listed here include recordings and presenters' slides on the topics of: sex offender residency restrictions, sexual violence evidence collection, an international perspective on sexual violence, and sexual assault on college campuses.
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  • Sexual Violence | HTML HTML
    by PREVENT
    This 20 minute slideshow with audio defines sexual violence, describes the scope of the problem and risk factors, identifies related data sources, and explores the impact of sexual violence and its intersection with other forms of violence.
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  • Sexual Violence Prevention: What You Can Do | PPT (14 p.)
    by American Academy of Pediatrics
    This short PowerPoint presentation is meant to facilitate participants' involvement in community-level sexual violence prevention efforts.
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  • Step Up and Speak Out: A Parent Guide for Selecting Youth Serving Organizations | HTML HTML
    by Darkness to Light (August 2007)
    This slideshow presentation with audio is a guide that teaches parents about their personal power and responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse.
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Podcasts/Audio
This section lists audio resources including interviews, lectures, speeches, newscasts, radio shows, and podcasts. A podcast is simply a series of audio or video digital media files that can be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically by users.

Prevention Connection offers a large catalog of Audio resources including Podcasts and Interviews that discuss prevention of violence against women. PreventConnect Audio Podcasts highlight prevention themes and Interviews present voices of those who have been innovative, successful in implementation, and thoughtful in the development of effective violence against women prevention strategies.
  • Engaging Bystanders in Violence against Women Prevention | HTML HTML
    by Hosed by David Lee for Prevent Connect, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (August 26, 2008)
    This web conference highlighted two promising and well-evaluated bystander intervention programs, Bringing in the Bystander and Mentors in Violence Prevention.
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  • PreventConnect Audio | HTML HTML
    by Prevention Connection, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
    PreventConnect Audio Podcasts highlight prevention themes and Interviews present voices of those who have been innovative, successful in implementation, and thoughtful in the development of effective violence against women prevention strategies.
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  • Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence | HTML HTML
    by Kathleen Brooks with Darkness to Light, Ethicalife Internet Talk Radio
    This talk show features experts in the area of child sexual abuse and offers an arena for people who are concerned about this issue to discuss and share their experiences of courageously facing and healing this global epidemic.
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  • Break the Silence: Stop the Violence | HTML HTML
    by National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (August 2008)
    In this podcast, parents talk with real teens before dating, stay involved in their lives, and role model to help young people develop healthy, respectful relationships.
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  • Cultural Competence, African Americans and Domestic Violence | HTML HTML
    by Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (September 2006)
    This webcast provides an overview of cultural and societal influences that impact disparities related to domestic violence in the African American community and resulting implications for policy and practice.
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  • Domestic Violence, Immigration & Trafficking Teleconference
    by National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (September 2004)
    The collection of documents address legislation aimed at both legal and illegal immigrants and its potentially harmful effects on victims of domestic violence and trafficking. The documents also provide additional resources for research and assistance.
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  • Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury Episode | HTML HTML
    by Northeast Center for Special Care (November 1, 2008)
    This podcast on traumatic brain injury and domestic violence is hosted by Gerry Brooks, MA, CCC, CBIST with guest Sarah M. DeWard, MS, from the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
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  • Hairdressers Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence | HTML HTML
    by National Public Radio (December 8, 2008)
    This podcast spotlights New York hairdressers who are partnering to fight domestic violence by learning the warning signs and extending help to clients who may be suffering in silence by participating in the Beauty Salon Awareness Project.
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  • Internet Predators - DOJ's Project Safe Child Initiative | HTML HTML
    by DC Public Safety (January 15, 2009)
    This podcast features an interview with Marsali Hancock, president of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency under DOJ's Project Safe Childhood initiative.
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  • Interview with Chris Krebs-Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault and Factors that put Women at Risk | HTML HTML
    by Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (September 4, 2008)
    This podcast is an interview with Chris Krebs, the author of a study about drug-facilitated rape on college campuses.
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  • Supervising Domestic Violence Offenders | HTML HTML
    by DC Public Safety (August 6, 2007)
    This podcast consists of the audio from a 30-minute television show addressing efforts in the District of Columbia to provide supervision and treatment services to domestic violence offenders. The podcast is hosted by Leonard Sipes.
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  • Teleconference: Housing and Domestic Violence
    by National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (September 2004)
    Teleconference facilitated by Allison Randall of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. The collection of associated articles address the numerous complex difficulties victims of domestic violence face in obtaining and maintaining housing.
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  • When Closeness Goes Wrong | HTML HTML
    by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (February 2008)
    In this podcast, Michele Black discusses a link between intimate partner violence and illnesses, including asthma, arthritis, stroke, increased heavy or binge drinking, smoking, and risk factors such as HIV or sexually transmitted diseases.
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Videos – Lectures, Workshops, Trainings
The video files listed here are available online for download or to watch “live” via streaming over the Internet. Resources include lectures, workshops, survivor stories, trainings, documentaries, and more.
  • Break the Silence: Stop the Violence | HTML HTML
    by CDC-TV, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) (August 2008)
    In this short video, parents talk with teens about developing healthy, respectful relationships before they start dating. The webpage includes other video resources around the topic of health matters.
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  • Bystander Interventions: The Movement NC State peer group | HTML HTML
    by North Carolina State University (2008)
    The NCSU sexual and relationship violence peer education group created this video to train all incoming first-year students about bystander interventions.
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  • Caroline - Co-Parenting as a Victim and a Mother | MOV
    by Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
    In this video, a survivor tells her story about co-parenting as a victim and a mother.
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  • Causing Pain: Real Stories of Dating Abuse and Violence | HTML HTML
    by Choose Respect Initiative
    Available in 2 versions (30 minutes and 13 minutes), this video contains true stories of teens, parents, and professionals who describe their experiences and insights so that teens and parents can recognize and prevent dating abuse.
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  • Center for Digital Storytelling | HTML HTML
    by Center for Digital Storytelling
    This non-profit training, project development, and research organization is dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives. View stories here on community, education, family, health, identity, and place.
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  • Chuck - Co-Parenting as a Former Batterer and Father | MOV
    by Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
    In this video, Chuck shares his experience of co-parenting as a former batterer and father.
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  • Dealing With Campus Violence Against Women | HTML HTML
    by The Grant to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program, University of Southern California (2006)
    Video clips featuring college students candidly discussing different scenarios of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Myths and stereotypes are addressed, as issues are examined from different gender perspecives and multicultural viewpoints.
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  • DVERT Training CD and Lesson Plan | HTML HTML
    by Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team
    Video clips and lesson plan from the DVERT Training CD provides an overview of the principles and practices the DVERT collaboration follows in combating domestic violence.
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  • Free Documentaries Online | HTML HTML
    by Free Documentaries Online
    This website hosts free documentaries on a variety of topics. Videos are grouped into subcategories including human rights, health, society, religion, and more.
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  • Frontline Video | HTML HTML
    by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
    Videos contain extended interviews, teacher's resources, and additional material that cover the human experience. Related topics include: trafficking, growing up online, Darfur, HIV, the O.J. Simpson verdict, and other interesting issues.
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  • Frontline World | HTML HTML
    by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
    This national public television series turns its lens on the global community, featuring "short stories" that take viewers on journeys to foreign lands from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Themes include human rights and women's rights.
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  • M'Liss - Co-Parenting as a Victim and a Mother | MOV
    by Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
    In this video, a survivor shares her experience of co-parenting as a victim and mother.
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  • No Escape: Male Rape in U.S. Prisons | HTML HTML
    by Human Rights Watch
    This video discusses male prison rape and system reform.
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  • Patrick - Co-Parenting as a Former Batterer and a Fatherly Figure - What is a parent? | MOV
    by Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
    In this video, Patrick shares his experience of co-parenting as a former batterer and a fatherly figure. Explores the question: "What is a parent?"
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  • Protect the Human | HTML HTML
    by Amnesty International (AI)
    This online media campaign uses film, music, art, events and more to inspire activism and action to protect human rights. By connecting people on a global scale, the goal of the website is to form a community dedicated to protecting basic human rights.
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  • Rape Myth Research Workshop | HTML HTML
    by Jennifer Warwick & Dr. Joanna Gregson, Pacific Lutheran University Voices Against Violence Program
    This video is a workshop presentation describing research on rape myths and attitudes towards sexual assault on campus.
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  • Sexual Assault Peer Education Team Workshop | HTML HTML
    by Pacific Lutheran University
    This video is a workshop on sexual asault peer education teams on college campuses.
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  • Strengthening the Characters of Boys: What We Know and Can Do | HTML HTML
    by Eli Newberger, M.D., White House Conference on Helping America's Children (2005)
    This video explores strategies for strengthening the characters of boys, noting essential elements to raise respectful young men.
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  • Tough Guise: Masculinity and Violence | HTML HTML
    by Dr. Sut Jhally, Pacific Lutheran University
    This video is a keynote address exploring masculinity and violence.
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  • The Truth Behind the Screen | WMV
    by Hispanic Communications Network, Project Safe Childhood, U.S. Department of Justice
    This 4 minute webisode illustrates the dangers children face online and compels parents to get informed and involved and to supervise their children's Internet activity. Includes transcript.
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  • UNFPA Online Channel | HTML HTML
    by The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
    This video channel contains a collection of videos that are organized by topic and easily searchable by country or keywords including human rights, gender equality, culturally sensitive approaches, safe motherhood, among others.
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  • United Nations Development Fund for Women Video & Audio | HTML HTML
    by United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
    This is a collection of video and audio resources on ending violence against women, including resources on gender-responsive budgeting and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
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  • Violence on the Job | HTML HTML
    by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (2004)
    This video explores violence in the workplace.
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  • Wide Angle | HTML HTML
    by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
    Exclusively dedicated to international current affairs documentaries, each broadcast reports on an event, issue or trend through the eyes of the people who are living it day to day. Related topics include: women's rights and roles, human rights, health.
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Web Conferences
A web conference is an online workshop or meeting that utilizes a shared virtual space to pair a visual presentation (slideshow, white board, video, etc.) with audio that is accessed via the computer or by telephone. Some applications allow users to engage in an online community through text chatting. Web conferences are generally interactive between participants and presenters.

Peace at Work offers free Webinars related to domestic violence and the workplace.

Prevention Connection is a go-to resource for materials in this format (specific to prevention), with a large catalog of recorded Web Conferences and monthly opportunities to register for upcoming Web Conferences. These conferences provide participants with a way to join hundreds of other people also interested in prevention, with opportunities to participate in an online question and answer session and a live text chat between participants.
  • Prevention Connection Web Conferences | HTML HTML
    by Prevention Connection, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
    Prevention Connection hosts web conferences and web dialogues on topics related to prevention of violence against women. Materials from the web conferences are available here, including readings, PPT slides, transcripts, and recordings.
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  • Engaging Bystanders in Violence against Women Prevention | HTML HTML
    by Hosed by David Lee for Prevent Connect, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (August 26, 2008)
    This web conference highlighted two promising and well-evaluated bystander intervention programs, Bringing in the Bystander and Mentors in Violence Prevention.
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  • Step up! Train the Trainer Webinar: A Pro-social Behavior/Bystander Intervention Program for Student-Athletes | HTML HTML
    by University of Arizona, C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program in partnership with NCAA
    This one hour online training will make you more familiar with the STEP UP! program and give you tips and instructions on facilitating the training.
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  • A Call to Men: Ending Domestic Violence, Becoming Part of the Solution | WMV
    by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (October 19, 2005)
    This archived web seminar discusses strategies for working with men and boys to prevent IPV. Highlights the Futures Without Violence's Online Toolkit.
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  • Cultural Competence, African Americans and Domestic Violence | HTML HTML
    by Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (September 2006)
    This webcast provides an overview of cultural and societal influences that impact disparities related to domestic violence in the African American community and resulting implications for policy and practice.
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  • OVC HELP for Victim Service Providers Web Forum | HTML HTML
    by Office for Victims of Crime
    This online resource features discussion boards and archived transcripts of web forums on a variety of topics of use to victim service providers and allied professionals. It facilitates peer connections and sharing ideas for best practices.
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  • Series on Sexual Violence | HTML HTML
    by Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice (2008)
    Recordings, transcripts, and presenters' slides captures 4 online events that are part of a series on sexual violence covering sex offender residency restrictions, evidence collection, an international perspective, and sexual assault on college campuses.
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Online Toolkits
An Online Toolkit is a collection of resources that guides the user through a particular topic or issue using interactive features with deliberate step-by-step navigation.
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit | HTML HTML
    by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, in collaboration with the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program of HHS (February 2010)
    This toolkit was developed by and for advocates in the runaway and homeless youth and dv/sa fields to help programs create partnerships, meaningful services, and effective intervention and prevention strategies for working with youth at risk.
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  • Instigate! An Online Toolkit for Community Mobilization | HTML HTML
    by Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training & Resource Center (TC-TAT) (2001)
    Provides tips, tools and exercises to guide the development of a Community Action Team in your neighborhood, city, faith-based group, school or place of employment. Designed primarily for use by domestic violence and public health organizations.
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  • Instigate! An Online Toolkit for Starting a Community Action Team | HTML HTML
    by Transforming Communities
    Set of tips, tools and exercises to start up a Community Action Team (CAT) in your neighborhood, city, faith-based group, school or place of employment. This toolkit is designed primarily for use by domestic violence and public health organizations.
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  • Preventing Sexual Violence: An Educational Toolkit for Health Care Professionals | HTML HTML
    by American Academy of Pediatrics
    This online toolkit designed for use by health care providers is organized around four video case vignettes: Preschool, School Age, Younger Adolescent, and Older Adolescent.
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  • Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Toolkit | HTML HTML (24 p.)
    by The American College Health Association (August 2008)
    This online toolkit was developed to provide facts, ideas, strategies, conversation starters, and resources to everyone on campus who cares about the prevention of sexual violence.
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  • Toolkit for Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Gender-Based Violence | HTML HTML (24 p.)
    by Futures Without Violence (2007)
    This web site is a comprehensive tool kit designed to help you work with men and boys to prevent gender-based violence.
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Quizzes
The resources listed here include tools to assess individual understanding of specific issues.
  • Are you being Abused? | HTML HTML (1 p.)
    (1 p.) by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    This simple true-false online quiz helps victims and those who care about them identify the signs of abuse.
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  • How much do you know about stalking? | HTML HTML
    by Stalking Resource Center
    This interactive online quiz guides the user through 10 questions about stalking definitions, prevalence, policy, and intervention. Misconceptions are addressed, and sources for information are provided.
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  • Sexual Assault Myths & Realities | HTML HTML
    by Tri-Valley Haven
    This online quiz tests the users' knowledge on sexual assault myths and realities.
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  • Sexual Assault: Trivia | HTML HTML (12 p.)
    by Gurl.com
    This online quiz is a set of questions to test the users' knowledge on sexual assault.
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  • Talk About Rape: The Quiz | HTML HTML (7 p.)
    by Women's Justice Center (2000)
    This online quiz on rape will help facilitate group discussions of rape and associated myths.
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Other
Additional materials suited for online learning, including exhibits, games, and other web projects, are listed here.
  • Gallery of Children's Art | HTML HTML
    by Domestic Abuse Project, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
    This gallery features art created by children in the Domestic Abuse Project's Children's Program. All children in this program are child witnesses of violence committed by one adult household member against their mother.
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  • Online Exhibition | HTML HTML
    by Ending Violence Against Women, United Nations Population Fund
    This exhibit can be used as both an advocacy and programming tool. It documents UNFPA’s experience in the field supporting projects that address violence against women in its many forms, highlighting approaches that can be used to confront this problem on
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  • Protect the Human | HTML HTML
    by Amnesty International (AI)
    This online media campaign uses film, music, art, events and more to inspire activism and action to protect human rights. By connecting people on a global scale, the goal of the website is to form a community dedicated to protecting basic human rights.
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  • RePlay: Finding Zoe 2.0 | HTML HTML
    by Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)
    This online video game for youth ages 8-14 opens a dialogue about abuse, addresses the 'rumour mill' they experience, educates about healthy, respectful relationships, and teaches players about places they can go for help.
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  • The Voices and Faces Project | HTML HTML
    by The Voices and Faces Project
    This non-profit national survivor network was created to give voice and face to survivors of sexual violence, while raising awareness of how this human rights and public health issue impacts victims, families and communities.
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  • A world of violence against women | HTML HTML
    by Amnesty International (AI)
    This clickable map allows the user to explore facts and figures on violence against women by country.
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Tools w/Associated Costs
The training materials listed here are available online with associated costs for users. Most of the tools in this list offer Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to fulfill licensure requirements for professionals in certain disciplines. For more complete lists of online trainings that offer CEUs, it is recommended that you check with affiliated professional associations.

Some useful starting points include:

End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International’s On-Line Training Institute
EVAW International has developed an On-Line Training Institute to bring state-of-the art training to anyone who is interested, on the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. Training content is primarily focused on the techniques for successful law enforcement investigation of non-stranger sexual assault. Yet training modules also address a broader range of content that is relevant to the criminal justice and coordinated community response to sexual assault, as well as sexual assaults that are committed by strangers.

Media Education Foundation Study Guides
These comprehensive study guides are designed to help teachers and students engage the issues raised by MEF videos. Free and available for most videos, MEF study guides feature video section summaries, key points, discussion questions, writing and research exercises, and additional resources and internet links.

nformed.on.sexual.assault College Program(Administrative Preview)
Steven Pearlman
This online program is accessible to university students with video learning and pre- and post-tests. Membership is administered by schools.

Stewards of Children ONLINE
A web-based sexual abuse prevention training program designed to educate adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The training equips and empowers adults to keep children safe.

Violence Against Native Women
UCLA Extension - The Online Professional Development Program, Tribal Learning Community
Presented in cooperation with the UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center, this series of courses is a collaborative initiative to develop, pilot, and implement Tribal Studies curricula in support of Native educational issues and community concerns. Offered fully online, these courses are available not only to regional Native nations in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the surrounding national and worldwide community who have a professional interest in tribal issues.


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