Guthrie Police to offer course on identifying abusive relationships

The Guthrie Police Department is pleased to be offering a course on identifying abusive relationships.

No relationship is perfect, but there are characteristics of healthy relationships. Each partner in the relationship should be treated with respect and dignity. Identifying a healthy and unhealthy relationship can be more complicated than it seems. Items that some people may consider healthy or even normal, others may consider unhealthy.

This class is geared towards people who: Have found themselves in an abusive relationship; know someone in an abusive relationship; have already left or thinking about leaving an abusive relationship; or would like information to help them avoid unhealthy relationships. Abusers are master manipulators and sometimes it is easy to get caught up in their lies and deception.

This class will explore the fundamentals of their tactics and how they achieve this power and control over someone, often without that person even realizing. Little do people know, some of these tactics are the same ones used on prisoners of war. We will look at these abusive tactics in great detail as well as delve into how an abusive relationship can affect the body and mind, ultimately how this can equate to trauma.

Class size is very limited and enrollment is necessary to secure a seat. Class will be held in Guthrie and for security, location details will be forwarded after you enroll.

The event is set of Saturday, June 12 beginning at 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

You will have until June 1st to sign up.

Coffee and snacks provided, lunch will be on your own from 1130 a.m. to 1 p.m. You are most welcome to bring your own snacks and drinksIt will be long day and the class will cover some tough subjects. Class is 100% voluntary and you can leave anytime you wish. The goal of this class is to educate the participants of different facets of Domestic Violence. It is not intended to provide counseling or personal sharing time. Resources for therapy services in your area will be available on request.

You can sign up by clicking this link.

This class is presented by Officer Michael Johns from Guthrie Police Department. Officer Johns has filled a unique roll in the Department for the past six years, a Law Enforcement Officer and a Victim Advocate, the first in Oklahoma.

Officer Johns recognizes that he cannot win the battle against domestic violence alone, and he firmly believes awareness is key to informing our community about the effects domestic violence has on individuals, families, and communities as a whole. Every year, Officer Johns teaches several classes to hundreds of professionals working with Domestic Violence victims as well as Law Enforcement officers across the State including the basic State Police Academy.

For any additional questions please call the Guthrie Police Department at 405-282-3535


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