Training & Events

Please note that the upcoming training: Assessing for Domestic Violence Homicide Risk to increase Victim Safety has reached the registration limit for this training. If you are interested in being included on a waitlist in case additional seats open up, please reach out to Sara Eckhoff at

If you have any questions, please contact the RICADV office at 401-467-9940.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is proud to offer a biannual training calendar with workshops and trainings covering a wide variety of topics related to domestic violence awareness and prevention.

Our advocacy training sessions focus on supporting advocates in their work by exploring best practices, expanding and deepening advocates’ knowledge and building skills for work in the field. Through our community workshops, we share information for any individual interested in learning more about domestic violence or related issues and topics.

In an effort to go paperless, we phased out our training calendar brochures and postcards.

Training Information

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  • Fees must be paid prior to training sessions.
  • There is no registration fee for staff or volunteers from SOAR, RICADV affiliate members, and RICADV full member agencies. However, member agencies will be charged the cost of registration if cancellation notice is not received within 24 hours of the training.
  • If you are not a staff member or volunteer with one of these agencies, please proceed to the secure online payment site after completing your registration form in order to submit your training fee.
  • The RICADV has a no refund policy for cancellations.
  • Registration may be transferred to another individual or to another training on the RICADV Training Calendar.
  • RICADV full member agencies and affiliate members will be charged the cost of registration if cancellation notice is not received within 24 hours of the training.

CEUs will be provided for certain trainings, as indicated on the current training calendar. For more information, please contact Sara Eckhoff, director of community engagement, at 401-467-9940 or

  • Interpreters are available upon request.
  • Please notify the RICADV at least three weeks prior to the training session.

The RICADV encourages people who attend our trainings to refrain from wearing fragrances, as some folks have severe fragrance intolerances that can interfere with their well-being. Thank you for participating in our fragrance-free practice.


Types of Training

The RICADV’s Training Calendar is intended to provide information, strengthen skills, and share best practices to support direct service advocates, social workers, educators, health care professionals, and others in effectively addressing and preventing domestic violence.

Within each Training Calendar, we strive to offer topics in the following categories:

  • Basic – topics that advocates should know about as they start working with survivors of domestic violence. Basic trainings include Domestic Violence 101In Her Shoes, and History of the Domestic Violence Movement.
  • Advanced – topics that explore best practices and provide data-driven knowledge on issues related to domestic violence. Advanced trainings we’ve offered in the past include Exploring Safety: The Role of the Advocate and Serving Immigrants and Refugees: A Cultural Competency Workshop.
  • Professional Development – skill-building opportunities to improve advocates’ competence and effectiveness in areas such as facilitation and supervision.

Local Training
Local training is provided by request through our member agencies for schools, workplaces, health care settings, and any group or organization looking to learn more about domestic violence, dating violence, and related issues. For more information and to coordinate a training or presentation, please contact the RICADV office at 401-467-9940, or contact your local member agency directly. Some fees may apply.

National Training and Technical Assistance
The RICADV also provides training and technical assistance nationally to other state coalitions, programs, and organizations by request when possible.

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (breaks provided)
Location: Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence training room, 641 Bald Hill Rd., suite 1, Warwick, R.I.
Cost: $20*

*The cost of this training should not prohibit anyone from attending, so if you are unable to pay part or all of the training cost, please contact Sara Eckhoff at 401- 467-9940 or

Presenters: Ian Colomer, policy and housing coordinator and Sara Eckhoff, community engagement and training manager – Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) and Jason Flanders, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) project director – Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights

A lack of safe, affordable housing remains one of the most pervasive issues  domestic violence survivors face. This training will provide participants with a strong foundation for understanding the dynamics of abuse, including information about patterns of abusive behaviors, the cycle of violence, risk factors for domestic violence homicide, societal attitudes, the impacts of abuse and survivor resilience. Building on these foundational concepts, participants will use interactive case studies to learn how to best support survivors through the lens of survivor empowerment. This training will also highlight various issues related to domestic abuse and housing, including the deep connection between violence and homelessness, the many ways that housing can be a barrier for survivors and R.I. general laws regarding rights and protections for survivors. The training will conclude with a comprehensive overview of the RI Fair Housing Practices Act, including recently passed legislation to add source of income protections for homeowners and renters.
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is the policy and housing coordinator at the RICADV. Ian joined the RICADV team in 2016, shortly after graduating from Roger Williams University (RWU) with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a concentration in anthropology and sociology. In his current role, Ian oversees the organization’s data collection system EmpowerDB and provides technical assistance to the RICADV’s member agencies and staff. During the state legislative session each year, Ian supports the RICADV’s policy agenda, which includes monitoring legislation, creating fact sheets and conducting advocacy at the Rhode Island State House. Ian is also a board member of the Rhode Island Continuum of Care, a united coalition of community and state systems and providers that assist homeless and at-risk residents in R.I. to obtain housing, economic stability and an enhanced quality of life through comprehensive services and support.

Sara is the community engagement and training manager at the RICADV, where she works to build and deepen the RICADV’s connections across the community. Sara joined the RICADV team in 2019 as law enforcement training coordinator, a position she held for three years before transitioning to her current role. Prior to the RICADV, she worked directly with folks experiencing domestic and sexual violence, first as a law enforcement advocate and then as advocacy coordinator at a sexual assault and trauma resource center located in Providence. Further, Sara serves on the board of directors for Haven Box, a R.I.-based nonprofit organization that provides comfort boxes to survivors of sexual assault. She holds a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Holocaust and genocide studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. 

Jason is the HUD project director for the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 2001. During his time at URI, he served on student senate as the vice chairperson of the Multicultural Affairs and Equal Opportunity Committee. After graduating from URI, he began an internship with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights and was hired as a full-time investigator in 2005. He has investigated all manner of cases in over 20 years working at the commission, and now he is solely focused on fair housing.

Understanding the Intersections: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Domestic Violence
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Webinar, online
Cost: Free
Presenter: Doreen Grasso, M.Ed., education and program manager – Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island (BIARI)

Domestic abuse and intimate partner violence can often result in brain injury. When experiencing domestic violence, a person’s brain may be injured by strangulation, falls and/or blows to the head that can cause an acquired brain injury (ABI). While some injuries may be more visible, the consequential effects of brain injury may not be seen immediately and go undiagnosed. Often, brain injury signs and symptoms may not reveal themselves until hours or days after an incident. Because of this, it is important to know the mechanisms of brain injury and the signs and symptoms following damage, so advocates can better meet the needs of victims seeking support. This webinar defines the types of brain injury (ABI vs. TBI), how they may occur (mechanisms), the signs and symptoms of concussion that may be experienced and some recommendations for including brain injury questions in the screening process when working with victims of IPV/DV.

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Doreen is the education and program coordinator for the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island (BIARI). Having been in the field of education for 30 years, Doreen’s focus at BIARI initially was working with schools to increase awareness and educate staff about the effects of concussion on youth and its prevention as well as return to play/learn protocols. Her role has since expanded to include collaboration with state agencies to educate a variety of stakeholders on brain injury and its effects on diverse populations, and includes other underrepresented groups affected by brain injury, including intimate partner/domestic violence.  

Engaging Men in Domestic Violence Prevention

Time: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence training room, 641 Bald Hill Rd., suite 1, Warwick, R.I.
Cost: Free
Presenter: Devon Pinkus, men’s engagement coordinator – Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV)

Join us to learn about the work the RICADV does to engage local men in the effort to end intimate partner violence and disrupt harmful social norms connected to men’s violence against women and queer, trans and non-binary people. We will discuss our Ten Men strategy, why it’s important to educate men on their role in this work and ways to mobilize men to take action within their communities. In addition, we will share some activities we use to start the conversation around masculinity, gender roles and violence prevention – and practice using them ourselves.

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Devon is the men’s engagement coordinator at the RICADV, where he manages prevention goals and activities related to men’s engagement, including Ten Men, a statewide prevention initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A native Pennsylvanian, Devon moved to Philadelphia after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. While in Philadelphia, he worked in the education field, first as an AmeriCorps City Year member in a public high school, and then as the assistant dean of culture at a K-8 public charter school. After moving to Providence, Devon began working with the Nonviolence Institute, coordinating programs for youth and young adults focusing on case management, social support and employment opportunities. In each chapter of his career, his work has emphasized conflict resolution and the importance of relationships at an interpersonal level, and an analysis of systemic oppression at a social level. He brings a passion for social justice to the work, and is active in community organizing efforts in Providence.

Helpline Available 24/7

The confidential statewide Helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-494-8100 or using the online chat here. The Helpline is for all victims of violent crime, including domestic and dating abuse, and those looking for more information to help a victim of violence.

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