Community Involvement

Training about Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Artist Ann Altman

Training Institute

"Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service has provided numerous trainings for our agency. The training has been of the highest quality. Mid-Valley has been willing to adapt training to meet our staff and agency needs. Their expertise and experience in working with thousands of survivors has been invaluable in our work to support survivors of domestic violence, whether those survivors are our clients or our staff."

Carol Krager
Domestic Violence Intervention Project Manager
State of Oregon, Department of Human Services

Since 1973, Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service has offered a safe refuge and support to women and children who survive domestic and sexual violence. Our programs and services include a 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, individual crisis counseling, support, advocacy and support groups for women, and a transitional housing program for survivors and their children.

We are committed to providing current and accurate information around the issues of domestic and sexual violence. We provide educational information about domestic and sexual violence to more than 3,500 community members per year.

We also provide ongoing and in-depth trainings to agencies providing other services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The staff of Mid-Valley have trained over 80,000 community members.

Trainings Available

Dynamics of Sexual Assault - A 1-4 hour training that addresses commonly held myths, the typology of sexual offenders, the coping strategies of survivors of sexual assault, the objectification of women by the media, and Mid-Valley's services to survivors.

Dynamics of Domestic Violence - A 1-8 hour training on the issues of domestic violence, including myths and stereotypes, the typology of abusers, and Mid-Valley's services to survivors. All trainings may be customized by including any or all of the following selected topics:

  • Cycle of violence
  • Effects of domestic and sexual violence on children
  • Effects on the elderly and individuals with disabilities
  • Victim Blaming Language
  • Oppression
  • Domestic violence in the workplace
  • Safety Planning with survivors

Scheduling a training

Trainings can be offered on site at your office, or at our Training Center.

Trainings need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance (503) 378-1572, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9am to 5pm.

We provide community education and professional training as part of our agency mission. Therefore, there is no charge for our trainings. We do accept donations from agencies who have budgets for staff training.

Advocacy Training

Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service relies heavily on the generosity and commitment of volunteers in providing hotline advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. We offer training two to three times per year for women interested in participating in our volunteer hotline program. The training is also available to individuals who wish to become better informed regarding the issues, even if they do not plan to answer hotline calls. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information about training at (503) 378-1572 or email

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