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THRIVE Delaware

THRIVE Delaware

THRIVE Delaware Collaborative Learning Sessions  

January-February 2017

In support of Delaware’s efforts to become more trauma-informed, DCADV held an exciting series of collaborative learning sessions in early 2017.


We started off with a panel and round table discussion to contemplate “What Makes an ACE?”, moving beyond individuals to broader structures and conditions that give breeding ground to adverse childhood experiences.  The series continued with two webinar conversations on parenting.  The first focused on practical guidance to support and engage parents and caregivers’ with individual trauma and the broader context of their lived experiences.  The second webinar featured one mother’s personal journey with parenting for liberation in the context of her work as a black feminist in the violence against women movement, helping us think about the role our advocacy and organizations play in disrupting and dismantling oppression. 

WEBINAR:   Engaging & Supporting Parents and Caregivers Affected by Domestic Violence

To listen to the recording, click here.  Review the slide deck here.

Who Should Attend?  This webinar is for new or experienced advocates working in domestic violence or other settings for families impacted by trauma, who seek practical guidance on how to start a dialogue with parents about sensitive topics related to parenting. 

To prepare: Participants are encouraged to download and review the Guide for Engaging & Supporting Parents Affected by Domestic Violence publication from the National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health prior to the webinar.


  • Susan Blumenfeld, MSW, LCSW, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
  • Rosemary Martinez, MSW, Shelter Director, Abriendo Puertas at People’s Place
  • Melinda Dubinski, MSW, Project Coordinator, REAL Relationships

Description:  Through a “fishbowl” format, webinar participants will have the opportunity to listen in to experts in the field having a conversation with local advocates about applying frameworks, principles and strategies to best support parents with lived experiences of abuse, trauma and chronic adversity.  The wellbeing and resilience of parents and children are interwoven with each other and with our families, cultures and communities.  Yet, parenting in the context of domestic violence can erode a parent’s sense of confidence, energy, and capacities, and can also put parents in a position to agree or comply with an abuser’s demands when trying to protect their children from graver harm.  These challenges can be further compounded by discrimination and structural violence faced by victims and children living in oppressed and marginalized communities.   Intrinsic to our role as advocates is our ability to hold and understand these complexities, and provide compassion and support as we engage and support families affected by trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore a framework for supporting parents affected by domestic violence
  • Examine guiding principles and strategies for enhancing parenting capacity and strengthening parent-child bonds
  • Identify strategies for deepening engagement with parents and creating opportunities for opening up dialogues on sensitive or difficult topics


WEBINAR:   Liberated Parenting Strategies

To listen to the recording, click here.  To review the slide deck, click here.

Who Should Attend?  This webinar is for new or experienced advocates working in domestic violence or other settings, who seek practical guidance on how to become more culturally sensitive to families impacted by trauma, societal and structural violence and offer support to families on liberated parenting practices.

To Prepare:  Visit the Parenting for Liberation blog and podcast.  See a sample page of the "Parenting for Liberation Story Workbook" here.  

Guest: Trina Greene Brown, Founder, Parenting for Liberation

Description: This webinar builds upon concepts from DCADV’s THRIVE Conference which explored the linkages between multiple forms of violence.  Societal and structural violence is intrinsically linked to violence in the home.  This webinar will feature Trina Greene Brown, the founder of Parenting for Liberation-- which is a hub of resources of liberated parenting strategies. Trina will share tools and strategies informed by an intergenerational collective of activist parents of color that address the root causes of multiple forms of violence.  This webinar will offer a space for DV advocates to learn best practices to engage with a network of liberated parents who are change agents fighting for a world where all children can be liberated.  Participants will walk away with Parenting for Liberation resource guide and workbook tools for engaging in liberated parenting practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore parenting strategies grounded in domestic violence prevention that both promote healthy gender norms and self-concepts, while reconciling the challenges children with marginalized identities face in safely navigating the world
  • Compare the concept of parenting for protection to parenting for liberation
  • Identify steps DV advocates and helping professionals can take in helping families seek liberation and freedom on multiple fronts

What is THRIVE Delaware?

THRIVE Delaware is a multi-sector collaborative partnership to promote healthy relationships, individuals, and violence-free environments. It brings together advocates, practitioners, and community-based agencies and state systems as a community of practice dedicated to helping Delaware address intimate partner violence as a public health issue.


Delawareans, like many across the U.S., are searching for meaningful solutions for ending violence in our homes and communities. Recognizing that we cannot arrest our way out of this problem and that violence is a complex issue requiring comprehensive solutions, THRIVE Delaware aims to strengthen our collective ability to approach violence as a public health, and fundamentally, human rights issue. We will focus on building our capacity to both reduce risk, and approach violence, as well as the conditions or practices that support it, as preventable.

How will we THRIVE?

  • Learn Together – THRIVE Delaware is a Community of Practice. Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly (Wenger, 2007). THRIVE Delaware aims to help find and share information relevant to the needs of the community; connect skilled, creative, and dedicated people who want to make our state the best it can be; and develop an accessible and rich body of knowledge that combines researcher, practitioner, and community wisdom.
  • Create Safe Spaces – THRIVE Delaware aims to create a space where practitioners, regardless of discipline or level of education, are valued for the knowledge they bring and feel engaged as both learners and teachers. We envision a community of practice where people feel they can chat candidly about issues or ask advice without repercussion, are exposed to divergent concepts to deepen thinking, and can learn about and coordinate informed, committed action across our state.
  • Plan, Implement and Evaluate Effective Strategies – Through state and community-level efforts supported by federal grants focused on both intervention and prevention strategies, we will generate practice-based evidence to contribute to the emerging field of intimate partner violence prevention.

How can you THRIVE?

  • Learn THRIVE – Be an active learner and participant in THRIVE webinars and trainings.
  • Advocate THRIVE – Help your agencies and communities THRIVE by promoting concepts and practices that challenge the existing structures and conditions which allow violence to occur.
  • Promote THRIVE – Encourage others to come THRIVE with us!

THRIVE Delaware Partners

The total partners (funded, providing matches, or having MOUs) on each federal grant that supports THRIVE Delaware are:

  • Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Delaware Division of Public Health
  • Delaware Department of Education
  • Delaware Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Delaware Victims’ Rights Task Force
  • Child, Inc.
  • Turning Point at People’s Place*
  • Abriendo Puertas at People’s Place*
  • SAFE Program at People’s Place*
  • La Red
  • Planned Parenthood of Delaware
  • University of Delaware
  • Jewish Family Services of Delaware
  • Contact Lifeline
  • Sexual Assault Network of Delaware

*Three programs at People’s Place are participating: Abriendo Puertas and SAFE as part of the Project Connect grant, and Turning Point as part of the DELTA FOCUS grant.

Questions? Contact us at 302.658.2958 or
We aim to create conditions within our communities and throughout Delaware where safe, healthy, and nonviolent relationships thrive!

Learn more about DCADV's prevention efforts.