By Brandi Underwood
The Women’s Resource Center and the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services are sponsoring a Rural (Mini) Stalking Training program Nov. 22 at the Fayette County Department of Health and Human Resources.
According to the Stalking Resource Center, one in six women and one in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime. Approximately 6.6 million people are stalked each year in the United States, with the majority stalked by someone they know.
This half-day training is designed to provide capacity building for victim service providers, advocates and other service providers who work directly with victims of stalking. Recommended participants include rape crisis center staff members, domestic violence center staff members, counselors, social workers, sexual assault response team members, law enforcement officers, nurses, first responders, advocates, educators and any service providers who aid in servicing persons who have a disability.
During the training, course instructors will review best practice when responding to stalking cases and best practice to serve victims who report being stalked. Through collaboration activities, participants in the course will identify ways the various agencies, organizations and systems can work together to better serve victims of stalking.
Skills learned will include: 1.) effectively identifying stalking cases and properly interviewing stalking victims and perpetrators; 2.) identifying risk and assessing the severity of threat in stalking cases; and 3.) identifying the different circumstances and indications for use of PSOs and DVPOs with stalking victims.
The training course will count as continuing education units in the fields of social work, nursing, counseling, domestic violence advocates and law enforcement officers.
The training will take place at the Fayette County Department of Health and Human Resources, 1400 Virginia St., Oak Hill, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Registration for the training session is free, but seating is limited. Participants must register by Monday, Nov. 18.
For more information on the course, including registration, contact Twanna Warner-Burton of the Wo-men’s Resource Center at 304-574-3980 or by e-mail at mstwadvocate@yahoo. com.
— E-mail: bunderwood@ register-herald.com