CONNECT Training Institute’s Understanding Domestic Violence: Essentials and Intersections

CONNECT Training Institute’s Understanding Domestic Violence:  Essentials and Intersections

Fridays, 9:30am-5pm
1/13/11, 1/20/11, 1/27/11, and 2/3/11

Register today for our four-day intensive course on the fundamentals of domestic violence (also known as Intimate Partner Violence)!  Learn about the types, tactics, dynamics  of abuse and the intersections between intimate violence and the many health and social justice issues affecting New York City’s communities. Topics include:

Why men batter and abuse,
Trauma and the impact of intimate violence on women and children
How culture and religion shape our responses to domestic violence
How domestic violence affects LGBTQ communities
HIV, domestic violence and substance abuse
The navigation of social service and legal systems.
Safety Planning

Materials fee is $200 per participant.  Sliding scale is available, organizational budget will be required for sliding scale eligibility.  For more information or to register go to or call (212) 683-0015 ext.215. Understanding Domestic Violence is the prerequisite course for all CONNECT Training Institute courses.  Participants who have completed a previous cycle of Understanding Domestic Violence or DV101 are not required to take this class before registering for other CTI courses.

Sharene Roig, MA, Ed.M., full-time trainer and educator for the CONNECT Training Institute (CTI) and CONNECT’s Community Empowerment Program. Sharene is a lead trainer for Understanding Domestic Violence: Essentials & Intersections and facilitator for the Women’s Empowerment and Girls Empowerment courses. Sharene has over fifteen years of experience in working with families that experience violence. Through CONNECT’s Family Violence Prevention Program she trained foster care and preventive services staff, provided technical assistance and DV case consultations. Sharene has facilitated and developed curricula for support groups for victims/ survivors of intimate partner violence for ten years. Sharene also conducts Girls Empowerment workshops to adolescent girls in both High School and Community Based Programs.

Marlon Walker, is lead trainer for the CONNECT Training Institute and co-trainer for a collaborative project called ‘Men and Women as Allies’ that trains Verizon staff and management on domestic violence and workplace bullying. Marlon as an anti-violence activist facilitates workshops for young and adult men on how to end violence against women and girls throughout NYC. Marlon is also currently facilitating ‘Hombres Dialagoando’, a group for Spanish speaking men struggling with violence in their relationships. Marlon previously worked with The Children of New York (formerly known as Queens Child Guidance Center Early Head Start) in several capacities, including Early Head Start teacher, family worker and as male involvement coordinator. Marlon a longtime educator has taught High School, ESL (Spanish) for adults and GED classes for new immigrants. Marlon is also a FDC graduate.

Quentin Walcott, Director of CONNECT’s Training Institute and Community Empowerment programs. Quentin also spearheads CONNECT’s  Male Anti-Violence initiatives, where he creatively develops programs and trainings centered on moving men and boys from bystanders to allies to activists in the anti-violence movement.  Quentin also works locally and nationally with individuals, community groups and service providers as a violence prevention activist, educator, group leader, lecturer and program developer.  His  collaborations include projects with Eve Ensler, creating a curriculum design for young men as Part of V-Day’s New York Stop the Violence Festival; Developed, in partnership with Cornell University ILR School, Men and Women as Allies training program for Verizon management and craft from CWA Locals 1106 & 1108, which creates awareness on Domestic violence, Bullying and Workplace Violence.  Quentin trained, supervised and mentored by Dr. John E. Aponte, began facilitating Batterer’s Intervention groups throughout New York City over 15 years ago. Until recently, Q chaired/co-chaired the NYC’s Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners (CoWAP) for five years.

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