Intervening in domestic abuse situations can be lifesaving and very important considering that according to Al Dostal, clinical supervisor at the Family Service Center, the police reports on average one call relating to domestic violence per day in Brownwood.

In August, in cooperation with Howard Payne University, the Central Texas Training Coalition will present a workshop on the Duluth Model. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about preventing domestic violence.

The workshop on the model will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 in Howard Payne University’s Newman Hall, Room 136, 809 Coggin Ave. Registration and welcome for the workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments served at morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch will not be provided.

According to Dostal, the cost of the workshop is $65 before Saturday, Aug. 15. After that date, including the day of the workshop, participants can register for $75.

The Central Texas Training Coalition is an alliance of human service agencies and provides quality training of area professionals and volunteers. The coalition also minimizes the cost of training by utilizing local talent and customizes training to fit the needs of agency members.

The Duluth Model, specifically, is a coordinated response to domestic violence created in Duluth, Minn., by Ellen Pence, now the director of Praxis International, a organization in Minnesota working toward the elimination of violence of women and children and Michael Paymar, now a Minnesota state representative.

Recognized nationally and internationally, the model helps communities eliminate violence in the lives of women and children as well. It uses written procedures, policies and protocols governing intervention and prosecution of criminal domestic assault cases.

“The model works with the men who commit the violence, the women who are usually the victims, and the police. It is a community-wide model,” Dostal said.

Scott Miller, also from Duluth, has worked for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project since 2000 and will be presenting the workshop. He has trained nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource material and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women.

Miller has also coordinated Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence in addition to being a system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. with a session on Duluth’s Coordinated Community response followed with a break. At 10:45 a.m. the next session on Assessing Risk: value and limitations will begin.

After a break for lunch, at 1:30 p.m. a discussion on the Duluth Curriculum for men and women will include framework, success and controversy. Following another short break, the same session will continue at 3:15 p.m. and close at 4:30 p.m.

After attending the workshop, participants should have developed an understanding of the Duluth Model coordinated community response, how the theory and practice intersects in the Duluth Model, and how the men’s program fits into the Duluth Model.

According to Dostal, in addition to the knowledge participants will receive, they will also be applicable for educational credit hours. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Community Justice Assistance Division and the Texas Council on Family Violence have both approved the workshop for five and a half hours of educational credit. Participants can also be credited six hours of continuing education units.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Doak Givan or Von Bates at Central Texas Training Coalition at (325) 646-5939.