Intimate Partner Violence – March 2020

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March 12 & 13
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration for this program is full. Please register for our next program in September.

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center, in partnership with New Hope for Women of Rockland, will offer a professional development training on Intimate Partner Violence, March 12 & 13 at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. 

The two-day program, from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day, is designed for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, as well as clergy, police officers and first responders. The fee is $150 per person; $60 per University of Maine student, with need-based scholarships available. A continental breakfast and catered lunch will be provided each day. 

The program, which provides 12 contact hours, will include the following topics: foundations of domestic abuse, addressing the lasting impact of domestic abuse, intervention strategies of domestic abuse and trauma-informed and culturally competent responses to domestic abuse.

By Jan. 1, 2020, an applicant for social work license renewal must demonstrate a one-time successful completion of the equivalent of 12 hours of continuing education or coursework in family and intimate partner violence. 

Facilitators of the program are Nicolle Littrell, Jesse Lucas and Kelly O’Connor of New Hope for Women.

Nicolle is an advocate, educator and media professional.  At New Hope for Women, she is the DV Advocate in Child Protective Services, advocating for non-offending parents who are victims of domestic violence. Prior to this work, she was a Lecturer in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at the University of Maine. Nicolle holds an interdisciplinary Master’s degree from UMaine, with a specialty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also a graduate of UMaine’s Diversity Leadership Institute. Nicolle’s media work includes producing educational and advocacy-related video content and documentaries, with a focus on gender and health.

Lucas, the community-based advocate at New Hope for Women, is responsible for advocacy and outreach in Knox and Waldo Counties. She holds a bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies from the University of Southern Maine. Lucas started her career as a helpline volunteer an intern at New Hope for Women. 

O’Connor is the education & outreach director for New Hope for Women where she oversees violence prevention programs. She previously worked for the Carter Center in South Sudan, and Oxfam America in Boston, Massachusetts. O’Connor has a master’s degree in international human rights and humanitarian assistance from the University of Denver. Her specialties include South Sudan and sexual-gender based violence in armed conflict. 

Participants can choose to participate in one or two days of the program. Registration for individual modules is available for those who have already completed a portion of the required hours for this training.

The Hutchinson Center, an outreach center of the University of Maine, is committed to offering high-quality professional development programs to the greater midcoast Maine community. 

For more information, to register, or to request an accommodation or scholarship application, contact Michelle Patten, 338.8002; You can also register online here.




Registration, catered coffee and continental breakfast in the Atrium

Module 1 – Domestic Abuse: Foundations

Participants will be able to:

  • Define domestic abuse and trauma
  • Examine the multitude of barriers to safety that batters create for their partners and family members
  • Identify the tactics that batterers employ to obtain and maintain power and control over their partners and family members

Catered lunch in the Atrium

Module 2 – Domestic Abuse: Addressing the Lasting Impact

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the impact of trauma on the brain
  • Identify several short and long-term health impacts of domestic violence
  • Describe particular challenges facing survivors of multi-abuse trauma



Module 3 – Domestic Abuse: Intervention Strategies

Participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between appropriate roles for mental health providers and those for domestic violence advocates
  • Identify screening strategies to use in your practice
  • Describe the basic safety planning strategies, including how to refer to a domestic violence resource center
  • Define the difference between risk analysis and evidence-based risk assessment
  • Analyze batterer tactics of control as they relate to seeking professional help

Catered lunch in the Atrium

Module 4 – Domestic Abuse: Trauma-Informed and Culturally Competent Responses

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss trauma-informed strategies for working with survivors
  • List strategies for addressing secondary trauma that you may experience as a provide
  • Analyze the barriers and resources faith provides to both survivors and abusers
  • Describe various aspects of culturally competent services and list culturally-specific domestic violence resources in Maine


This 12-hour curriculum was developed collaboratively by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and partners in the mental health field in order to meet the 2020 domestic violence training requirements for psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and licensed clinical professional counselors (see L.D. 1238. 126th Legis. 2013). The four three-hour modules include information that will help mental health professionals be prepared to work with people who have experienced and perpetrated domestic abuse and violence.