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Welcome to the Suicide Prevention Training for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Hotline Workers. The University of Rochester, in partnership with the Education Development Center (EDC) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), has developed this training with funding from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC). Over the past five years, we have also partnered with survivors and IPV providers and Drs. Jackie Campbell and Madelyn Gould provided guidance throughout the project.

Each interactive module will end with a few self-assessment questions upon completion.

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Introduction: Suicide Prevention Training for IPV Hotline Workers

Meet your training guide Dr. Catherine Cerulli, and answer a few short questions. 


Module 1 - Suicide Prevention Training for IPV Hotline Workers

  • Learn about the established the connection between IPV and suicide.
  • Listen to a hotline call between a hotline worker and client at risk to hear a real life example of danger assessment and responses.  

Estimated time to complete: 13 minutes

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Module 2 - Suicide Risk Assessment

  • Learn about the potential warning signs of suicide and how to ask about suicidal thoughts and behavior.
  • Develop strategies for supporting and assisting clients through these difficult conversations.  

Estimated time to complete: 18 minutes

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Module 3 - Suicide Safety Plan

  • Learn what a safety plan is and how to begin a safety conversation with your client.

Estimated time to complete: 8 minutes

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Module 4 - Intersecting Risk: Veterans, the LGBTQ Community, and other Vulnerable Subgroups

  • Learn about the intersecting risk of IPV and suicide for veterans, the LGBTQ community, and other subgroups and how you can better serve these clients with increased risk. 

Estimated time to complete: 13 minutes

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Module 5 - Self-care for IPV Workers

  • Learn about vicarious trauma and the consequences, including how to identify the risk factors and symptoms of vicarious trauma. 
  • Explore strategies for managing the stress of working with individuals with trauma. 

Estimated time to complete: 13 minutes