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Community Presentations


Our Community Educators promote healthy relationships and empower community members of all ages to understand, prevent and respond effectively to forms of domestic and teen dating abuse through interactive presentations, training workshops, speeches, Q&A panels and resource fairs.

Free to all local businesses, service providers, organizations, community groups, schools, and colleges—in-person or virtually.


Presentation Topics

These interactive presentations are recommended for all community members, professional organizations, businesses, community organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, non-profits, and volunteers.  Learn more about our presentation topics below.

All presentations can be customized to fit your needs, virtually or in person.

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Dynamics of Domestic Abuse

Sometimes referred to as “DV101,” this presentation takes participants through an extensive understanding of how abuse works and how to respond to it.

Learn about the characteristics of abuse, different forms of abuse, the cycle of abuse, why people stay in abusive relationships, the effects witness domestic abuse on children, warning signs, the importance of safety planning, and how to report and respond to abuse.

Duration: 60-90 minutes 

Questions Answered:

♦ Why do people abuse others?
♦ What are the different types of abuse?
♦ Why would someone stay?
♦ What are the warning signs?
♦ What are the impacts on children who witness abuse?
♦ What can I do to help myself or survivors?


Sexting and Teens

This topic is more important than ever as teens all over the world use digital technology to express themselves and explore romantic interests.

Sending sexually explicit photos to your partner might be exciting…and it might be dangerous. But a partner sharing the photos or explicit texts you share with them without your consent is a crime. In this webinar, we facilitate a discussion on what exactly constitutes as 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.

Duration: 60-90 minutes 

Questions Answered:

♦ What is sexting exactly?
♦ Why do teens send sexts?
♦ What do teens think about sexting?
♦ What do adults think about sexting?
♦ What are the effects of sexting?
♦ How should we respond?


HDNBC Agency Overview

We’d love to come and give a talk about how Hope’s Door New Beginning Center supports survivors with an overview of our agency’s history, mission, and free services for survivors of domestic abuse and their children in our community.

Duration: 15-45 minutes 

Questions Answered:

♦ What does HDNBC do?
♦ What are our free solutions for survivors?
♦ What impact does HDNBC have on the community?
♦ What can I do to help myself or survivors?
♦ How can I get involved?

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Childhood Domestic Abuse: How Domestic Abuse Impacts Children

Children who grow up witnessing domestic abuse experience what we call “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: 60-90 minutes 


Teen Relationships and Dating Abuse

This is our introductory presentation for adults wishing to learn about teen relationships, dating abuse, and what teens are saying about these problems. Learn about the forms of dating abuse, the cycle of abuse, why teens stay in abusive relationships, the 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: 60-90 minutes 

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Dynamics of Stalking and Cyberstalking

Stalking is so much more involved than people realize. 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 people, explore resources and safety strategies, and learn what people 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 are also welcome.

Duration: 60-90 minutes 

In addition to presentations, we offer other types of programs, including group activities, simulations, webinars, Q&A panels, and media interviews.  We also deliver targeted talks to specific audiences, such as first responders and clinicians, business people, school staff and faith leaders.

Audience-Specific Presentations

We offer audience-specific presentations that include all of the elements of The Dynamics of Abuse presentation (described above) with additional information relevant to the professions of each specific audience. We offer domestic abuse presentations for business leaders, faith leaders, legal professionals, first responders, healthcare workers, salon workers, health and fitness trainers, and more.


We offer free webinars to the public. Anyone can join, and we offer free CEUs to attendees. Check out our webinar schedule and upcoming topics on our Webinars page.

Q&A Panels, Media Interviews

Host a brown bag lunch or information session at your office or ours. Our team would be delighted to lead a session about family violence and prevention for your staff. Request a speaker and we will be in touch. 

The “In Her Shoes” simulations allow groups to temporarily experience life as a person in a domestic abuse situation. 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 of people experiencing abuse, deepen our empathy for them, and compel us to take action. Participants move, do, think, and experience the lives of people living in abusive relationships. 

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Host a brown bag lunch or information session at your office or ours. Learn more about the In Her Shoes interactive group activities below.

"In Her Shoes" Programs

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.

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

In her Shoes: Economic Justice Edition

This version of In Her Shoes will increase awareness of the additional struggles that impoverished, abused women face. The perspective of the abuser is also represented in the Economic Justice Edition. This edition is most useful for longer training sessions and can facilitate 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. Become one of six teen characters based on the experiences of real teens who enduring sexting violations, pregnancy, homophobia, and stalking. During this simulation, you make choices about your character’s relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, counselors, police, and others.

Who We Serve

HDNBC proudly serves anyone impacted by domestic abuse, family violence, or teen dating abuse regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, immigration status, primary language, or sexuality.

Multigenerational families with kids (and adults) of all ages are supported. We can also provide safety for pets.

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