Collaborative & Intersectional Approach to Gender-Based Violence

February 28, 2020, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Community Solutions
9015 Murray Ave., Ste. 100
Gilroy, CA 95020


Course Description: 

The purpose of this training is to provide an overview of gender-based violence, specifically intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and how those forms of violence commonly intersect.  Participants will learn about the dynamics of each form of violence as well as how service providers can collaborate to connect survivors to advocates and other resources.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the dynamics of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking and how they can intersect
  2. Utilize new safety planning and engagement strategies
  3. Explain the role of an advocate and how to connect a client to advocacy services
  4. Identify additional community resources.

About the Trainer:

Erica Elliott: Program Manager for Sexual Assault and Prevention at Community Solutions since June of 2012. She joined Community Solutions as an intern in 2010 in the Solutions to Violence Division working with survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner abuse and human trafficking. Prior to Community Solutions, Erica worked in Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall for 10 years as a Senior Group Counselor. In 2011, Erica and Elisa Carias from Santa Clara County Probation began the CSEC Workgroup in Santa Clara County which has helped develop protocols, inform policies, and provided education and trainings to professionals in Santa Clara County working with CSEC youth. She is passionate about working with youth, especially teens. Erica has a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University.

Kim Gutierrez: Program Manager for Human Trafficking services at Community Solutions.  She joined Community Solutions in 2009 as relief staff at La Isla Pacifica, the confidential shelter for survivors of intimate partner abuse.  Since 2009, Kim has worked as an advocate for survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking, as well as providing community education, outreach and prevention on these topics.  Currently, Kim serves as the Chair for the Victim Services Sub-Committee of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, and led the workgroup of victim service providers who created the Victim Needs Screening Tool which assesses to see if an individual may have experienced or might be experiencing intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking.  Kim has a B.A. in English.

CEUs: This course is approved for 6.5 hours of continuing education units for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California B.B.S. under CEPA Provider #129412.

Questions? Please contact our Training Division: or 408-846-4791

If you need special accommodations to ensure a comfortable learning experience please contact our Training Division.

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