Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Annual Rural Statewide Training Institute

This two day statewide training institute provides information and resources to address the unique needs of rural community partners serving domestic violence survivors and their children. The Institute offers workshops that cover a wide range of topics to enhance participant’s 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 lead informative and skill-building workshops on topics such as: Domestic Violence and Stalking, Domestic Violence and Technology, Establishing and Sustaining Domestic Violence Task Forces, Human Trafficking, Teen Dating Violence, Injunctions for Protection, Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse, Domestic Violence and Parenting Orders, Domestic Violence Later in Life, Victims Compensation and Relocation, and many other practical and informative workshops.  There is no registration fee for this event.

The intended audience includes: direct service 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. 

As available, registration for this institute and other exciting upcoming events can be found on the FCADV Upcoming Events page.

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

  • 2018 InVEST Investigator Paul Michelson
  • 2017 InVEST Detective Ryan Oakley, Pasco County Sherriff’s Office
  • 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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