Training Institute

The NRCDV Training Institute ensures that all training efforts and educational resources are relevant, forward thinking and innovative, and center the voices and lived experiences of diverse survivors in our work.

We accomplish this by providing high-quality and accessible training opportunities designed to increase individual and organizational capacity of our constituents as well as our own organization’s capacity.

NRCDV’s Training Institute provides development opportunities that enhance knowledge, develop skills and enrich participants. We model, promote and foster an organizational culture that values development, diversity, inclusivity and growth opportunities for all.

NRCDV Upcoming Trainings & Events

NRCDV's FREE Storytelling Institute

August 14 - 15, 2024 | 12:00 - 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time

Can you remember a time when you were impacted by the power of a captivating story? Facts and numbers are easily dismissible and often disregarded, but compelling stories evoke emotions and propel listeners or readers to act! Stories honor diverse cultures, identities and lived experiences. They bring us back to the foundation of the domestic violence movement. The roots. The voices of survivors.

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence's Storytelling Institute is a free live two-day, virtual training set to take place on August 14 and August 15, 12:00pm – 4:00pm (ET). This will be an amazing opportunity for individuals who seek to move their target audiences from facts and numbers to taking action, utilizing storytelling as a tool for social transformation. This interactive training will provide participants with a digital companion guide, along with strategies and frameworks to identify storytelling goals, build a story bank, develop storytellers within your organization and nurture a sustainable culture of powerful storytelling.

The Institute will be led by Mothyna James-Brightful. Affectionately known as Sister Mothyna, during her 16-year professional speaking career she has logged over 40,000 hours on stage. She has been described as “energetic, passionate and inspirational” by audiences. With four publications under her belt, she is the author of the Amazon Bestseller Engage Inspire Prevent: Strategies for Educating Teens on Sexual Violence.


2024 National Prevention Town Hall/Congreso Nacional de Prevención 2024

September 24 - 25, 2024 | 1:00 - 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time

What does prevention look like when rooted in community and culture, outside of systems? As we continue to navigate the impact from COVID and the many related shifts we’ve experienced in the past years, our values have transformed and so must our strategies. The 5th annual National Prevention Town Hall will feature anti-violence prevention approaches in the Mountain region of the United States.

This space will offer a virtual gallery tour of innovative change-making projects, collectives, and approaches that fuel us all forward. This gallery tour can allow us to learn about what’s being mobilized beyond the systems we often work in for violence prevention. A panel will follow the gallery tour so we can weave together meaningful connections and address questions about reconnection, restoration, and re-indigenizing practices in the Mountain region.

Join us in exploring creative, sustainable approaches for advancing social change in the face of uncertainty. Across all aspects of our movement work - from housing rights to survivor healing to restorative justice - each of us plays a critical part in creating the world we wish to live into together. In the words of Gwendolyn Brooks, “We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.”


Past webinar recordings and podcasts are available on our YouTube page.

And be sure to check out the VAWnet Event Calendar for more training opportunities from organizations across the domestic violence field!

Interested in scheduling a NRCDV Training?


NRCDV’s training programs can be tailored to meet the needs and time limitations of your organization. To inquire about NRCDV providing a training for your organization or event use our contact form.


NRCDV’s training events aim to build individual, organizational, and systemic capacity to provide empowering, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and survivor-defined intervention and prevention efforts. NRCDV staff and consultants serve as a key training resource for domestic violence coalitions, federal agencies and others needing trainers with particular expertise.

Educational Programming

What is our expertise? NRCDV's trainers provide educational programming on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

Survivor-centered Advocacy
This training explores ways to advocate for survivors in ways that support their right to self-determination. We take a look at leadership in advocacy, principles in survivor-centered advocacy, intention vs. impact of advocacy practices, shelter rule reduction and promising practices in survivor-centered advocacy through a racial justice lens.

Building Promising Futures: Services and Outcomes for Enhancing the Response of Domestic Violence Programs to Children & Youth
This training explores ways to advocate for survivors in ways that support their right to self-determination. We take a look at leadership in advocacy, principles in survivor-centered advocacy, intention vs. impact of advocacy practices, shelter rule reduction and promising practices in survivor-centered advocacy through a racial justice lens.  

Self-care and Wellness for the Advocate
Working with survivors of domestic violence can be stressful for advocates, learning about  the abuse survivors endure day after day can have an impact on an advocates propensity for compassion fatigue. Through this training, participants will increase their understanding of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and will learn how to recognize the indicators of compassion fatigue and burnout as well burnout prevention strategies including how to create a self-care plan.

Serving Male Survivors
This workshop explores how different ideas of masculinity affect help-seeking, how systemic barriers and challenges prevents us from doing effective work with male and male identified survivors and how the dynamics of violence are different when working with male survivors, including those who are gay, bisexual or trans identified.  In addition, this workshop addresses  compliance issues and doing system advocacy for male survivors. 

Integrating a Racial Justice Lens in all Aspects of your Work
Domestic violence is linked to a web of oppressive systems such as racism, that disproportionately affects women, children, and other historically marginalized groups. Experiencing multiple forms of oppression increases one’s vulnerability to violence, and can make it more challenging for victims to find the help and support that is responsive to their individual needs. By applying a racial justice lens, we acknowledge the role of racism and privilege in perpetuating violence and oppressive behavior in our culture. This training and facilitated discussion exposes the impact of our own (unintended) biases on the quality of our work, and challenges all isms and privileges as a roadblock to effective action. The facilitators also discuss ethical communication principles for resolving conflict, barriers to alliance building, and strategies for becoming an inclusive organization.