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Domestic violence taskforce offering training for faith leaders in Forsyth County

Faith leaders in the county will soon have the opportunity to learn about domestic violence and sexual assault through a free program offered by the Forsyth County Domestic Violence Taskforce.

In partnership with Family Haven of Forsyth County and Rape Response, the taskforce is bringing together local community advocates to discuss domestic and sexual violence, the impact of trauma on victims and free services available to congregations.

The event, which is scheduled for Friday, March 31, will be held at United Way of Forsyth County from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

It is designed to help religious leaders, community leaders and good Samaritans gain a basic understanding of the complex dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and its effects on individuals, families and communities, learn the how and how not to counsel victims of violence and increase understanding of victims’ emotions and reasons for staying in abusive relationships.

“It is important to recognize how communities of faith and their leaders have the potential to play a significant role in helping to identify and prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse,” said Michelle Toledo Cainas, an advocate who helped create the county’s taskforce three years ago.

“The truth is, you can [help,]” she said. “You just probably don’t know how you can do it. Domestic violence affects a lot of areas, not just the primary person.”

Space is limited, so participants are asked to register at