Want to be a part of the movement to end abuse? Consider including a presentation in your classroom that explores healthy relationships, culture, oppression, or the dynamics of interpersonal violence. The ROC educators offer engaging workshops that start these important conversations. We tailor our content and approach to meet the unique needs and interests of your students. As a result, we offer a wide variety of topics and exercises that range from 15 minutes to 3 hours.
Check out our menus of topics and exercises to learn more
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Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Education Program: Menu of Topics
Bystander Intervention Goal: Every presentation is designed to mobilize individuals to endorse and engage in targeted behaviors that are proactively and visibly intolerant of violence.
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If you are interested in hosting an educational program or would like training for your class, department, college, or center, then the UCCS Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Education Program can help. We will tailor a presentation or interactive workshop to meet your course or group needs. You can pick from our programs, which last between 20 minutes – 3 hours, depending on your needs. Some examples of training topics include:
Interpersonal Violence 101: An introduction to the issues of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking, this presentation highlights the essential facts and engages students in thinking how they would help a friend in trouble.*
Bystander Intervention: In these presentations, we examine in depth the unique roles students can play as effective bystanders in situations of violence or abuse. Using real scenarios and role-playing exercises, we address some common reasons bystanders hesitate to respond in such situations and equip them with tools to intervene effectively.
Dating and Domestic Violence: This topic covers the prevalence, nature, and warning signs of abuse in marital and non-marital relationships. Factors that predict abuse, roles within abusive relationships, and the forms of abuse are explored, as well as its underlying causes. Students respond to survivor interviews, relevant media, and interactive exercises to deepen their personal awareness of this problem.
Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships: These presentations explore the range of behaviors in romantic relationships, ranging in nature from healthy to abusive. Students are challenged to question the stereotypes attached to relationship abuse and to think about what abuse means in various contexts. Resources and relationship management tools are offered.
Stalking and Technology: The increasing presence of technology has made stalking a more dangerous reality for college students. Special attention, therefore, is given in these presentations to the risk factors associated with stalking; the forms of technology used to harass, monitor, and track and strategies to plan for safety.
Sexual Assault Awareness: Myths and stereotypes that promote victim blaming are especially common in our attitudes toward campus sexual assault. In order to engage students in this sensitive topic, important facts concerning sex assault are often taught using “Myth or Fact” games. Additional issues, including consent, reporting, and characteristics of offenders, are explored.
Media and Cultural Impacts on Violence: Students are challenged in these presentations to think critically about why interpersonal violence is so prevalent in our society. How does our culture foster values, attitudes, and beliefs that normalize violence? What role do media play in promoting domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking? These concepts are discussed in an effort to challenge – and ultimately change – a culture of violence.
Violence Against Women in Systems: Who are the primary targets of violence and oppression in America? Why and how are they targeted? These presentations analyze the systems and institutions in place within our society to answer these questions. Power, privilege, gender, race, sexuality, and rape culture are explored.
Violence in the Workplace: This presentation explores the warning signs of workplace harassment and abuse and provides intervention techniques. Domestic Violence affecting the workplace is also explored.
*Every presentation, regardless of its topic, will provide students with campus and community resource that form their support networks. Some presentations offer additional resources/tools that meet the particular needs accompanying their topic.
Games, Exercises, and Simulations
Note: This is not an exhaustive list – only a list of the activities that are mostly commonly requested. We are always creating new or improved pedagogical tools that best meet the needs of groups. Every activity is paired with discussion and/or interactive lecture (time does not include discussion/lecture time).
In Their Shoes: Time: 45 minutes – 1 hr
This is a simulation that takes participants through a real experience of relationship abuse. Learning to think and feel the way a victim/survivor would in an abusive relationship, participants learn about warning signs, patterns of power and control, barriers in the legal and criminal justice systems, and effective and ineffective bystander intervention strategies. Participants walk through stations, making decisions that affect the course of their situation. (Diversity in age, ethnicity, sex, and orientation are represented).
Interactive Theater:Time: 30-45 minutes
This is a dramatic role play that engages every audience member. 2 actors (either ROC staff or student volunteers) play the main roles of 2 people in an abusive relationship. One is the “abuser” and one is the “victim/survivor.” Every audience member is given a bystander character role (i.e., mother) and 1 line to say. The couple’s story unfolds as everyone reads their line. Students are able to interact with the 2 main actors in character after the skit concludes. (Heterosexual and Non-heterosexual versions are available).
Continuum Game:Time: 10-15 minutes
Designed to complicate simple or “black and white” conceptions of what a “good” or “bad” relationship looks like, this game presents students with relationship behaviors and asks them to move around the room, placing themselves where they think that behavior falls on the healthy/unhealthy continuum. Context, warning signs, and boundaries are emphasized.
Case Studies:Time: 15 – 45 minutes
Case studies have been either found or constructed for every topic: dating/domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault. Students read, analyze, and respond to relevant and important themes within the scenarios.
Video and Music Clips:Time: 15 – 45 minutes
Movies, news stories, clips, and music videos are often used to start or build upon conversations related to dating/domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.
Magazine Activity:Time: 20-30 minutes
This is an exercise that challenges students to look through common examples of media, analyzing the messages in ads, headlines, stories, photographs etc. that either perpetuate or help prevent the norms, attitudes, and beliefs that encourage sexual and relationship violence.
Relationships: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - BINGO:Time: 20 minutes
This is an icebreaker game that asks students questions related to issues in relationships. It is designed to stretch their thinking about stereotypes, warning signs, power and control, and bystander intervention.
Scattegories:Time 20 minutes
This is an ice breaker game that challenges students to think about their own ideas of what interpersonal violence is, what it looks like, and how to help prevent it.