Violence Against Women: The Varied Faces of a Global Epidemic

Rupa Khetarpal, MSW, LCSW

Violence against women is extensive and prevalent in every country in the world.  Global migration, while blurring geographic boundaries, has resulted in perpetration of the violence in varied forms outside the country of origin. As social service providers working in the U.S. with diverse populations, it is imperative to explore these forms of violence to improve understanding of the dynamics that create and propagate violence against women. This 5 hour workshop will explore various forms of violence including honor killings, acid attacks, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, within the framework of domestic violence, perpetrated by family members–both immediate and extended– as well as the community. It will cover appropriate assessment strategies and explore approaches for prevention and response.


  • Develop awareness of the varied forms of violence within the larger “umbrella” of domestic violence, its prevalence, and the need for effective response.
  • Understand the meaning of “honor” within families, and resultant acts of Honor Killings and Acid Attacks as methods of maintaining “honor”.
  • Understand the dynamics involved in the acts of Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation, as well as their long term impact and consequences.
  • Recognize culturally appropriate strategies for assessing past violence and/or the potential danger of future violence.
  • Learn the importance of education and advocacy.
  • Understand prevention and response strategies for creating safety and protecting human rights.

Location: Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Date: Friday, October 26, 2012       Time: 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m.

9:00-9:30 a.m.                Registration and coffee/tea service

9:30- 9:45 a.m.               Welcome and Introduction
9:45-10:30 a.m.              Module One: Gender Based Violence
10:30-11:15 a.m.            Module Two: Honor Killing and Acid Attacks
11:15-11:30 a.m.            Break
11:30-12:15 p.m.            Module Three: Forced Marriage & Female Genital Mutilation
12:15-1:15 p.m.              Lunch Break. Lunch will be provided.
1:15-2:00 p.m.                Module Four: Culturally Appropriate Assessment
2:00-2:10 p.m.                Break
2:10- 3:00 p.m.               Module Five: Education, Advocacy, and Intervention
3:00-3:30 p.m.                Closing Activites and Resources

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, and Case Managers. This is a moderate level training.

CEUs: Approved for 5 Continuing Education Credit Hours in Social Work Cultural Competence by the ASWB with Family Service Association co-sponsorship.*

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

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If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Please note: Registration for this training is full and has been closed. However, if you wish to be added to the waiting list, please click here and fill out the registration form. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

*Family Service Association, Provider #1192, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Family Service Association maintains responsibility for the program.

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