Training Announcement

Training Announcement: Dr. David Adams

Dr. David Adams. Training Announcement

The Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is pleased to announce David Adams, Ed.D. as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Report to the Community.  Dr. Adams is co-founder and co-director of Emerge, which was established in 1977 as the first counseling program in the nation for men who abuse women.  He has led batterer intervention groups for over 36 years and is an internationally recognized expert on men who abuse their partners.  Dr. Adams has trained social service and criminal justice professionals in 45 states and 16 countries, currently serves as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence and is the Director of the National Domestic Violence Risk Assessment and Management Training Project.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters about abusers, writes a popular blog on The Huffington Post, and is the author of “Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners.”

Following the Report to the Community on October 16, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Dr. Adams will present “Profiling Abusers and Killers: Common Traits and Differences”.  Part one of the workshop, “Understanding Those Who Abuse Their Intimate Partners: Myths vs. Realities”, will focus on five common myths about abusers and how these impede our ability to recognize them and hold them accountable for their actions.  The profile of abusers will include their common deficits as parents and methods for assessing abuse.  Part two, “Profiling Killers: Descriptions of Life Histories, Risk Factors and Motivations Posed by Men Who Kill Their Intimate Partners” will provide an overview of research about intimate partner homicides, risk factors for lethality, and describe different types of killers in terms of their motivations.

The workshop is intended for community members interested in learning more about characteristics of men who abuse their partners and for professionals working with domestic violence victims and offenders.  Continuing Legal Education Credit and POST Credit will be available.