• Tuesday, March 16, 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • LIVE on ZOOM

Understanding the Basics
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $5
Elissa May Franklin, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) coordinator 
Kathy McCormick, SOAR member - Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This training provides an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact on survivors and children who witness abuse and steps each of us can take to better support survivors and prevent domestic violence by examining the personal experience of a domestic violence survivor - one of the trainers. Through the examination of Kathy's story and real life examples, participants will have a unique and "inside" view of the most commonly experienced forms of domestic violence. Participants will gain a better understanding of the dynamics that take place in abusive relationships and how these dynamics impact the lives of survivors.




Elissa May Franklin is the SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) coordinator at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Prior to joining the team at the RICADV, Elissa coordinated volunteers, including a survivor speakers’ bureau, and provided counseling and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence in Massachusetts. She is passionate about empowerment and equity for survivors of violence, and hopes to create just and positive changes to Rhode Island communities. Elissa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a youth mentoring agency after graduating from Lesley University, and earned a master’s degree in macro social work from Boston University.

Kathy McCormick is the mother of three boys, a grandmother, a survivor of domestic violence and has been a SOAR member since 2012. She is the assistant vice president of accounting at a large public corporation. She serves on the board of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, and shares her experiences to advocate for economic justice, including an increased minimum wage and paid sick and safe time for survivors, to educate a wide range of audiences including law students, health care workers and military personnel about the dynamics of abuse, and in the award-winning play, “Behind Closed Doors,” based on real stories about domestic violence.

About RIMA Trainings:

All RIMA trainings , whether referred to as a seminar, workshop, or presentation are designed to qualify for RIMA mediator CE's and may fully qualify for CE's for attorneys, social workers and certain other professionals.   

Programs are believed to qualify for the stated number of MCLE's because they:
(1) Present significant intellectual and practical content as to contribute to the growth of a participant's professional competence and skills;
(2) Present subject matter that is directly or supportively relevant to the practice of mediation, law and/or ethics;
(3) Are conducted by a person or persons qualified professionally to present the subject matter involved;
(4) When in-person, are presented in a classroom, meeting room, or lecture hall conducive to a meaningful educational experience;
(5) Are presented in a multi-modal fashion, utilizing oral presentations supplemented with written hand-outs and texts and visuals. All materials are believed to meet the highest professional standards in terms of their timeliness, organization, and detail; and
(6) Utilize video and audio presentations only as an adjunct to oral and written presentations.

Attorneys seeking Rhode Island MCLE credit must apply via Appendix D on the RI Supreme Court Attorney Portal. 

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