Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Teen Relationships, and Sexting

Our Community Educators promote healthy relationships and empower community members of all ages to understand, prevent and respond effectively to all forms of abuse through interactive presentations and training workshops.

We offer our education services free to all local businesses, service providers, organizations, community groups, and school districts in-person or virtually.

Learn more about our topics below.

We customize our presentations according to your needs.  If one of the topics below interests you, please submit a request form to learn more about how we can deliver the right presentation for your group.

Learn about the mission and history of our agency, the services and resources we offer, and how our efforts impact on the community.  We can also include some basic information on abuse and its prevalence in Texas.  This presentation is recommended all for professional organizations, groups, businesses, community organizations, faith-based organizations, non-profits and volunteers.  Duration: 15-45 minutes

This is our introductory presentation for anyone wishing to learn about domestic abuse and its impact on our community.  Learn about the characteristics of abuse, different forms of abuse, the cycle of abuse, why victims stay, the effects on children, warning signs, the importance of safety planning and how to report and respond to abuse.  This presentation is recommended for all community members, professional organizations, businesses, community organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, non-profits and volunteers.  Duration: 30 minutes-1.5 hour

This is our introductory presentation for adults wishing to learn about teen relationships, dating abuse, and what teens are saying about them.  Learn about teen relationships and the unique characteristics of dating abuse, forms of dating abuse, the cycle of abuse, why teen victims stay, effects of abuse on teens, warning signs, how to break up safely, and how to report and respond to abuse.  This presentation is recommended for parents, school administrators, teachers, counselors, youth ministers, parents and anyone working with teens.  Duration: 1 hour

Sending sexually explicit photos to your partner might be exciting…and it might be dangerous.  But sharing those photos or texts without consent is a crime.  This is a topic of particular concern for many parents and adults who work with teens.  New research has reveals some surprising revelations.  In this presentation, we facilitate a discussion on what exactly constitutes sexting, why teens sext, the dangers of sexting, the effects of sexting, non-consensual sharing of images, and the latest research about effective ways to respond to incidents of sexting.  This presentation is recommended for parents, school administrators, teachers, counselors, youth ministers, parents and anyone working with teens.  Duration: 1-1.5 hours

When you grow up in a home witnessing domestic abuse, you experience Childhood Domestic Abuse.  In this presentation, we facilitate discussions on the dynamics of domestic abuse, the negative effects of short and long-term effects on children who witness abuse in their homes, risk factors, and ways that adults who work with children can help.  This presentation is recommended for parents, school administrators, teachers, counselors, youth ministers, parents, anyone working with teens, and teens themselves.  Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Stalking is so much more than many people think.  In this presentation, we answer the question, “What is stalking and how exactly does it work?”  We also discuss methods and tactics used by stalkers, the impact that stalking has on victims, explore resources and safety strategies for victims, and learn what we can do to help.  This presentation is recommended  for all community members, professional organizations, businesses, community organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, non-profits and volunteers.  Teens also welcome.  Duration: 1-1.5 hrs

Presentations for Specific Audiences

The following presentations include all of the elements of The Dynamics of Abuse presentation (described above) with additional information relevant to the professions of each specific audience.

Domestic Abuse in the Workplace

  • Recommended for management, executives, business owners, HR representatives, employees and volunteers.

Domestic Abuse for Faith Leaders

  • Recommended for pastors, priests, ministers,imam khatibs, rabbis, lay leaders and youth leaders.

Domestic Abuse for Legal Professionals

  • Recommended for judges, attorneys, paralegals and legal aids.

Domestic Abuse for First Responders

  • Recommended for Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, Police Academy Recruits and ER staff.

Domestic Abuse for Healthcare Workers

  • Recommended for doctors, nurses, clinicians, medical assistants, mental health professionals and substance abuse counselors.

Domestic Abuse for Salon Workers

  • Recommended for stylists, nail technicians and barbers.

Domestic Abuse for Health and Fitness Trainers

  • Recommended for fitness trainers, yoga teachers and coaches.

"In Her Shoes" Experiential Learning Activities

These simulations allow groups to temporarily experience life as a person who is experiencing domestic or dating abuse.  Similar to the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, these are interactive group exercises used in a workshop setting to help us connect to the day-to-day reality for people experiencing abuse, deepen our empathy and compel us to take action.  Participants move, do, think and experience the lives of people living in abusive relationships.

In Her Shoes: Living with Domestic Violence

This version is the original simulation, which is great for educating a broad range of community and professional groups and can be facilitated in sessions of one to two hours.

In Her Shoes: Economic Justice Edition

This version of In Her Shoes will increase awareness of the additional struggles battered women face when they are poor. The perspective of the batterer is also represented in the Economic Justice Edition. Most useful for longer training sessions where there are opportunities for group discussion.

In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence

In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence is a training kit for any group of adults who work with teens, such as teachers, counselors, youth group leaders, law enforcement, or parents.  Become one of six teen characters based on the experiences of real teens including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia and stalking. You make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, counselors, police, and others.

Note: The “In Her Shoes” and “In Their Shoes” resources and descriptions were provided by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence at wscadv.org.

Request an Educator

Would you like to invite an educator to speak to your school, organization, or community group?  Let us know how we can empower and educate you!

More Information

We love hearing directly from members of our community.  If you would like more information, or if you have a question regarding our free Community Education Services, please call our Education Department at 469-969-7254 or send an email to education@hdnbc.org.

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