Educating the community about domestic violence

Preventing domestic violence today and in the future requires increased awareness about its nature, impacts, and prevalence in our communities. That’s why Sheltering Wings places a significant emphasis on community outreach. In a typical year, we reach 20,000 people in the community through a variety of outreach initiatives.

One of the most effective types of outreach is the workshops described on this page. If you’d like more information about these workshops or are interested in scheduling one for your company, church, or other organization, contact our Outreach and Education Coordinator, Melissa Echerd , at 317-386-5061.


Our most popular presentation, DV 101, provides an overview of domestic violence, with definitions and statistics, explanations of the different types of abuse, the power and control model, signs of abuse, reasons victims stay, effects on children, barriers to leaving, resources available, and characteristics of safe, healthy relationships. (This is a 1-hour training)


This presentation includes our DV 101 program, adding information about the dynamics of abuse, warning signs of abusive personalities, why abusers do what they do, and how to respond to common situations. The presentation includes safety planning tips with steps to take when faced with helping someone who might be in abusive relationship. (This is a 4- hour training)


Ideal for parents, schools, and youth groups, this customized interactive program explains the dynamics of teen dating abuse by encouraging teens to pursue and maintain healthy relationships, identify types and signs of potential abuse, and steps to take to help teens exit relationships safely. (The length of this presentation varies to accommodate your needs.)


We provide in-service presentations at companies and business organizations about domestic abuse, signs that women are in unsafe relationships, and steps to take when abuse is suspected. This presentation examines the impact of an employee facing domestic violence at home through lost wages, increased insurance claims, workers compensation, liability, job performance, and more.  It also offers sound advice on helping employees and protecting businesses. (The length of this presentation varies to accommodate your needs.)


Many pastors and lay leaders haven’t been trained in the best ways to respond when they learn that a church member is the victim of abuse, or when they suspect abuse may be affecting a family in the congregation. This presentation is designed for the unique needs of churches and faith-based organizations, providing an overview of domestic violence and practical strategies to help abuse victims. (This is a 3-hour training)