Three-Minute Talks are presented at weekend Masses to provide congregations with a greater awareness of the basic characteristics of abuse.
Deanery Talks allows new pastors to become aware of what DAS offers, educates priests on the signs of abuse, and provides materials for them to aid victims of domestic violence.
RCAV Marriage Preparation Program: Since 2001 DAS has been an integral part of the RCAV Marriage Preparation Program addressing the topic of domestic violence/abuse, how to recognize it, and how to prevent it. The purpose is to help couples preparing for marriage to identify attitudes and patterns that may be present in their relationship before the marriage takes place. The presenters address strategies for ensuring a healthy relationship, the equality wheel, the power wheel, early danger signs of abuse, the cycle of violence, the Covenant the couple has with God and with each other and the importance of talking about their concerns and if need be, seeking help.
DAS High School Workshops educate Grade 10 -12 students on the dynamics of healthy and harmful relationships, power and control, bullying, self-respect and respect towards others. Dr. Adrienne Castellon, with support from our Education Committee, have developed a set of lessons that can be worked into the BC High School Curriculum Model. The Education Committee is available to present to classes, or teachers can use our materials and incorporate them into their own lesson plans.
DAS’s lessons can be found here.
Please contact our office for more information.