DVRC Training for Law Enforcement

Domestic Violence is an epidemic that has gripped the nation for some time. In New Mexico our reported incidents of domestic violence tend to run 8 to 10% higher the national average. DVRC takes these numbers and the continued rise of domestic violence in our state seriously and has, since 1996, been involved in helping victims break cycles of domestic violence in their lives through advocacy, case management resources and counseling.

Within the past year, DVRC has taken another step that we believe is important in meeting the challenge of breaking cycles of violence in New Mexico by developing an education program that has the ability to reach further into the state through various avenues in order to help to not only break cycles but to prevent them from happening. This happens through engagement, advocacy and education in the community.

UNM Law Enforcement Domestic Violence Training

Domestic Violence Awareness:

Statistics about Domestic Violence in the nation and New Mexico, discussion regarding why NM is higher, in depth discussion about Power & Control Dynamics used in DV relationships, Red Flags, Behaviors in DV Relationships, Trauma Bonding and the cycle of Violence.

Trauma & Brain Development:

Discussion about how Trauma affects the developing brain and the ability of the victim to make decisions, relate to other people, and break bonds of violence. In depth discussion about the ongoing ACES Study and how research is developing new ways to work with victims from an advocacy and law enforcement point of view.

Trauma Informed Care Strategies:

Discussion regarding how first responders MUST be aware of their own trauma, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma and how to navigate their trauma while attempting to help victims in the field. Discussion about the Tenets of Trauma Informed Care when working with victims and why this is important in developing rapport with victims in the field. ***Possible EMDR Resourcing introduction in order to help law enforcement learn how to calm their central nervous system after dealing with a difficult call/case and to continue to be essential in the field.

Safety Plan Refresher:

Discussion regarding comprehensive safety planning in the field with victims. Real life ideas and scenarios the victims may come up against and ideas that are legal and non-lethal to help them stay safe from offenders and stalkers.

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