Are you looking to learn more about domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, sexually-exploited youth and general crime from our expert team? Cornerstone is a leader in the field of violence prevention and education.

40-Hour Training Series

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Cornerstone hosts a 40-hour training series for staff, volunteers and partners to learn about the dynamics, scope and impact of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking through a trauma-informed lens. Successful completion of the training will also include sexual violence advocate certification. The multi-week training is offered at a discounted rate for employees or volunteers of community-based domestic or sexual violence programs; there’s no charge for organizations that present during the training series. A $100 fee applies for all other attendees.

Cornerstone’s training includes 20 hours of online curriculum to complete at you own pace, as well as 22 hours of live virtual training on Zoom.

Please note that the 40-hour training series is currently not being offered as of September 2023.

Schedule a Speaker for Your Group of Adults or Youth

Our staff frequently provides trainings and workshops in Hennepin County and the Twin Cities. We’ve presented to community groups, Rotary Clubs and other civic groups, faith groups, law enforcement, local government, students, school administration and teachers, parent groups, other service providers and partners. Speaker fees may apply depending on prep time for customized presentations, travel time and length of the presentation or workshop. During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual trainings and workshops may be available.

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Introductory Presentations (15 minutes – 60 minutes):

Introduction to Cornerstone Learn about Cornerstone’s history, who we serve, what programs we provide and how you can get involved in our work to decrease the prevalence of interpersonal violence.

Fundamentals of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Domestic violence and sexual violence are complicated and complex social issues without easy answers. This training can be customized to meet your group’s specific needs (i.e. Pregnancy and Domestic Violence, Domestic/Sexual Violence and the Medical Community or Faith Community, What You Can Do To Help, etc.)

Abuse in Later Life This presentation examines the barriers, extent of the problem and how to help someone in later life who is experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault.

Human Trafficking/Sex Trafficking This training examines the extent of human trafficking, its relationship to domestic violence and sexual assault, the risk factors and red flags, and how to support efforts to end trafficking.

Contact our Community Liason/Sexually Exploited Youth Advocate, Mikah at! The learning objectives of the presentation can be found below.

  • Challenge common stereotypes of sexual exploitation
  • Understand how to support those who are being sexually exploited
  • Understand how to prevent sexual exploitation from happening

Presentations for Parents and Professionals:

Youth and Young Adult Advocacy Basics This presentation will provide an overview on providing advocacy to youth and young adults including: understanding legal definitions of youth/minor vs. organization definitions of youth (could be up to 24); differentiating advocacy from therapy and counseling; recognizing the challenges of advocating and overcoming system barriers; strategies for building rapport and creating safe spaces for youth; youth specific safety planning; and suggestions for activities that promote youth engagement.

Customized Presentations Related to Violence Prevention and Promoting Healthy Relationships Cornerstone’s School-Based Services educators can work with school staff, parents or other youth workers and organizations to create customized trauma-informed presentations related to violence prevention and promoting healthy relationships. Please contact with specific requests.

Violence Prevention Curriculum for Students:

Cornerstone’s School-based Services’ KNOW Abuse curriculum provides violence prevention presentations in school for elementary, middle and high school students. The KNOW Abuse program curriculum tailors learning objectives to align with the school’s existing health- based core curriculum and provides engaging and interactive learning activities to facilitate conversations about violence prevention. See a full overview of Cornerstone’s KNOW Abuse curriculum 2023-2024 Presentation Topics here.

Current Presentation Topics for Students Include:

  • Dating
  • Teen Dating Abuse/Relationship Abuse
  • Navigating Consent
  • Sexting
  • Sexual Violence
  • Anger and Healthy Communication
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Gender Stereotypes

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Mission & Services

Cornerstone’s continuum of service helps to create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive. We advocate, educate and lead the way to social change. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and general crime.

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Minnesota Day One®

A statewide program of Cornerstone, Day One® works to ensure that no call for help goes unanswered so that all in need can find safety and support. Day One connects people to experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking or general crime to help at agencies throughout the state.

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Call: 1.866.223.1111
Text: 612.399.9995

Please call 911 in an emergency.

Minnesota Crime Victims

Cornerstone’s General Crime Victim Advocacy program assists victims of assault, child abuse, impaired drivers, elder abuse, identity theft, robbery, homicide and other crimes. We also can connect you to crime victim agencies through Minnesota via our statewide Minnesota Crime Victim Support Line.

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Call: 1.866.385.2699
Text: 612.399.9977

Please call 911 in an emergency.

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