Introduction to Domestic Violence

Allison Bressler, MA – 3 CEU’s

9:30 to 12:30

February 11, 2021

A live interactive training using the Zoom Pro platform

Price per person $89


This training will focus on the dynamics of domestic violence and its impact on the victim.  It will will provide a clear understanding of how the cycle of abuse occurs and how often early warning signs of abuse in relationships can be missed.  Discussion will bring insight to batterer behavior and ways to work with someone who is abusive. Presenter will share real scenarios of abusive relationships and examine all ways in which power and control can be used to abuse an intimate partner.  Participants will gain detailed insight as to why victims most often stay with their batterer.   Attendees will learn to assist their clients in recognizing ways to keep themselves safe and working towards the road to empowerment and self determination.

Training Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Identify and define all types of abuse and the dynamics of power and control.
  • Identify the warning signs that someone may be in an abusive relationship.
  • Understand the risk factors associated with leaving an abuser and what prevents victim/survivors from leaving.
  • Understand abuser behaviors and red flags.
  • Learn the components of a safety plan and resources for support.


This event is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states.

About the Speaker:

Allison Bressler, MA is the Co-founder of a NJ based non-profit called A Partnership For Change.  She has 20 years of experience in the field of intimate partner abuse. Prior and since launching and operating A Partnership For Change (APFC), her experience has and continues to include counseling victim/survivors of intimate partner violence and developing and implementing successful and replicable prevention programs. Ms. Bressler has conducting hundreds of presentations, workshops and seminars on intimate partner violence.  She has been a key note speaker at the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Annual Conference, sat on many domestic violence panels hosted by the Prosecutor’s office and continues to speak to audiences comprised of corporate leaders, police, advocates, students, school administration and clinical staff, community members, civic leaders, state prosecutors, private clinicians, college faculty, and social service professionals in New York and New Jersey.

Ms. Bressler continues to support victims within her private practice in northern New Jersey; and has been called upon to serve as an expert witness on domestic violence cases in Bergen, Union, Middlesex and Somerset counties.  She was asked by Scientific American Mind magazine to write their first feature article on intimate partner abuse in affluent communities. Ms. Bressler is a dynamic and insightful speaker on the issue of intimate partner abuse and serves as the lead trainer for APFC while overseeing all of the agency’s programmatic performance measures.



9:30 – 11:15

Guided Discussion, Case Studies & Lecture

• Introduction
• Defining Abuse
• National/Local Statistics
• Identifying Types of Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Verbal, Technological, Sexual & Financial)
• Cycle of Abuse and Power & Control
11:15AM – 12:30 PM Guided Discussion, Case Studies & Lecture • Warning Signs of Victimization
• Risk Factors Associated with Leaving an Abuser
• Factors that Prevent Victims from Leaving an Abuser
• Abusive Behavior Red Flags
• Safety Planning for Various Situations

After registration, you will be sent a confirmation, and a receipt of payment. A few days before the training you will receive a packet containing instructions for logging on to the Zoom session, handouts, and the requirements for your certificate and CEU’s (if applicable)

Cancellations and Refunds: Canceling your registration must be done by email ( prior to five business days from the training date. If you have paid the fee, you will receive a refund or credit (your choice). If you fail to cancel prior to five business days and have paid, you or your agency will forfeit the fee. If you fail to cancel prior to five business days from the training date and have not paid, you or your agency will be billed for the full fee.

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Event Details

  • February 11, 2021 9:30 am   -   12:30 pm
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