24 Feb How WTLC Tackles Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking through Community Outreach
Over the years, WTLC has made a commitment to ending the cycle of violence through a variety of prevention efforts led by our Community Outreach Team. Some of these include the more commonly known personal empowerment program (PEP), parenting classes, and a healthy relationships workshop series.
The personal empowerment program aims to educate survivors on the aspects of intimate partner violence, how to create and foster healthy relationships, recognize red flags, create safety plans, and much more. PEP also serves as a support group for survivors since many survivors in the groups find it easier to talk to others who have experienced similar situations, even if under different circumstances. The parenting program is facilitated with the intention of preventing child abuse. It largely focuses on communication, child development, and the impact of trauma on a developing child’s brain. It encourages parents to resolve conflict in an age appropriate, clear, and communicative manner. Moreover, it touches on ways that parents can manage the stressors in their own lives so as to not negatively impact those of their children.
Our healthy relationships workshop educates survivors on the aspects of domestic violence, healthy relationships, mental health and self-care, and more. The aim of all of these programs is to empower parents, victims, and survivors by raising their self-awareness, providing education and resources, and starting the process of healing from domestic violence trauma. Although some of the topics are heavy, it helps initiate the process of healing and ending both the personal and generational cycles of violence.
In addition to the courses offered, WTLC hosts a 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training in March and August every year. The training provides individuals with a foundational knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence, providing realistic and trauma-informed support to victims and survivors, and certifies attendees to work with survivors of domestic violence. If you are interested in getting involved and making a difference in your community, become a certified domestic violence advocate and help us engage our community in ending the cycle of violence!
You can find more information about how to get involved in our prevention and outreach efforts at www.wtlc.org/get-involved.