|Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. believes that it takes a community to address the problem of domestic violence and by providing quality education to service providers and individuals interested in learning more about the problem and the solution, we can work together to make ours a safer community.
Professional Education & Training
We offer continuing education for a variety of professionals, including healthcare, mental health, and legal professions. Each program we offer is based on current research and meets all regulatory requirements for each profession.
Community Education & Training
In addition, we offer community based training on the dynamics and constructs of domestic violence as well as its intersection with a variety of other social problems. These trainings are free of charge and open to the public. We encourage anyone interested in learning more to contact Diane Penha-Smith at 954-760-9800 x 1034.
Intimate Partner Violence
Did you know? Victims of severe intimate partner violence lose nearly 8 million days of paid work – the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs-and almost 5.6 million days of household productivity each year (CDC 2003). Read more about costs to society and other consequences of domestic violence.
In four different studies of survivors of abuse, 70 percent to 81 percent of the patients studied reported that they would like their healthcare providers to ask them privately about intimate partner violence. Read more about domestic violence and health care.
Studies show that access to shelter services leads to a 60-70% reduction in incidence and severity of re-assault during the 3-12 months’ follow up period compared to women who did not access shelter. Shelter services led to greater reduction in severe re-assault than did seeking court or law enforcement protection, or moving to a new location. (Campbell, JC, PhD, RN, FAAN. Anna D. Wolf, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Protective Action and Re-assault: Findings from the RAVE study.)