Newton to host domestic violence training
The City of Newton will host training by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office next week on community response to domestic violence. About 40 professionals from the region will be in attendance, including law enforcement, victim advocates and counselors.
On Tuesday and Wednesday at City Hall, the state’s specialists on victim services will present about tools to assess domestic violence offenders and their motives, challenges and approaches to communicating with victims, confidentiality, and standards of best practice.
“Strong victim services are a key element in building a strong, caring community,” said Anna Rusche, the City’s victim/witness coordinator. “The City of Newton continues to advance its position as a state leader while encouraging collaboration among local and State agencies. Offering this training locally is a unique opportunity.”
Since 2010, Newton’s domestic violence response program has been recognized as an innovative model to other cities and counties across the state. The City’s program is funded by a grant from the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program from the Federal S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).