Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Annual Rural Statewide Training Institute

Registration is now open for FCADV’s 20th annual Rural Domestic Violence Statewide Training Institute: Embracing Culture, Seeking Justice, Fostering Collaboration!

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This statewide training institute provides information and resources to address the unique needs of rural communities serving domestic violence survivors and their children. The Institute offers workshops that cover a wide range of topics to enhance participants’ knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence, best practices for service provision, and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in rural communities.

A host of distinguished experts will lead informative and skill-building workshops on topics such as:

  • “The Impact of Physical and Sexual Violence: A Personal Journey Revealed” by Olga Trujillo,
  • “Strengthening Safety Planning with Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence” by VIDA (Voices for Immigrant Defense and Advocacy) Legal Assistance,
  • “Community Collaboration: Working with Secular and Faith-Based Advocates to End Domestic Violence” by FaithTrust Institute, and
  • “Going Forward Without the Victim: Evidence-Based Prosecution of Domestic Violence,” by Aequitas
  • “Overcoming Barriers for Survivors with Pets or Other Animals,” by Ahimsa House
  • “A Collaborative Effort: Child Protective Investigations and Early Childhood Court,” by Judge Lynn Tepper and Ana Villalobos
  • “LGBTQI Elders: Cultural Competency within Abuse Responses,” by ElderSource

Other topics not limited to: Migrant/Farmworking Survivors, Legal Housing Resources, Teen Dating Violence, Engaging Survivors, Linguistically and Culturally Inclusive Services, Database Technical Assistance, and Batterer’s Intervention Programming

The intended audience includes advocates, law enforcement officers, legal professionals, health care providers, allied agencies, child protection, social service professionals, students, and other individuals who work or volunteer in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault.

There is no registration fee for this event. Travel scholarships may be available.

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Workshop Proposals

Annually, FCADV seeks individual or team presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, demonstrations, and interagency presentations featuring a variety of disciplines associated with working in rural communities to end domestic and sexual violence. We welcome your proposals at any time. To obtain more information about workshops or to submit a proposal, please contact callforpapers@fcadv.org using the attached form.

The Mellie McDaniel Award

The Mellie McDaniel Award is presented each year at the Rural Training Institute to an outstanding law enforcement professional responding to domestic violence in rural communities. This individual is an officer or a victim advocate affiliated with a law enforcement agency, and is someone who has greatly impacted the field of domestic violence with his or her unyielding compassion and integrity. To obtain more information on the Mellie McDaniel Award or to submit a nomination, please contact fcadvrural@fcadv.org using the attached form.

Past Mellie McDaniel Award Recipients include

  • 2016 Captain Joe Wells, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2015 Corporal Jessica Hammond, Pasco County Sherriff’s Office
  • 2014 Ileana Tojeiro, Victim Advocate, Martin County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2013 Officer Dean Baldwin, Dade City Police Department
  • 2012 Lieutenant Michael Raley, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2011 Cindy Bard, Victim Advocate, State Attorney’s Office
  • 2010 Deputy Sheriff Christopher Walker and Officer Christina Diaz


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