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Women’s workshop covers domestic violence, healthy relationships

SUMMIT COUNTY – This is the week to learn about both sides of the relationship spectrum – from the dynamics of domestic violence to what makes a healthy relationship.

About one in three women experience some kind of domestic violence sometime in their lifetime, and one out of three teen-age girls experiences dating violence, said Julie Ireland, educational director for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Tuesday, Ireland will lead a workshop about domestic violence. It’s not only for victims, but also their friends, family and practitioners who work with those affected by domestic violence, she said.

In the one-hour workshop, Ireland will define domestic violence, explain why women stay in those kinds of relationships, how to help a friend who’s a victim and how domestic violence affects children.

Though it can be a difficult topic to discuss, Ireland said her workshops on domestic violence tend to stimulate exciting discussions. She will distribute resources and answer questions after the workshop.

Ireland’s workshop will be a good introduction to Thursday’s workshop on healthy relationships, she said – though it is not necessary to attend both.

Sarah Vaine, assistant director of Advocates for Victims of Assault, will lead Thursday’s workshop about setting boundaries for a healthy relationship – whether a romantic, a professional or a family relationship.

Vaine will review what makes a healthy relationship and how to identify whether it might be time to step back and define boundaries or, conversely, if someone has difficulty with intimacy and an inability to be open with people.

According to Vaine, people learn about relationships through their families and experiences and, with a little bit of information and self-exploration, they can learn how to improve the way they relate with others.

Note: The workshops are being held at different locations.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or lsnyder@summitdaily.com.

Women’s workshops this week

What: Domestic violence

When: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Summit County Community and Senior Center

What: Boundary setting – keys to healthy relationships

When: 7-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Borders Books Cafe in Dillon

All workshops are free and don’t require registration.

For information, contact Terri Tobey at (970) 389-1502.

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