Violence in  a Relationship is Never Justified

SANE Quarterly Training

For more information, contact Christina Presenti at or call 603-224-8893, ext 306

June 10, 9am-3pm

NH Police Standards and Training Council

17 Institute Drive

Concord, NH 03301


Ten Things You Can Do to Increase Cultural Sensitivity 

New Hampshire is an increasingly culturally diverse place. You may think you are doing everything you can to reach out to the minority communities, but the victims we see don't match the changing demographics. This workshop will offer tips on making your agency more approachable to minority victims and will point out the subtle ways that we are unwelcoming. Issues of race, sexual orientation, physical and mental impairments, age, immigration status, and other cultural differences will be discussed. Melissa Pierce, JD

Investigating and Prosecuting Cases of Elder Abuse

Elderly people are being victimized in our communities in increasing numbers. Investigators face a number of challenges in gathering evidence. Prosecutors face unique challenges in holding the abusers of elderly victims accountable. This workshop will address battling the ageism bias of our society, building a case that is not dependent on victim testimony, discuss collaboration with additional agencies, and suggestions for planning for the specific needs of elder victims in your community. Melissa Pierce, JD

The Unique Experience of Male-Identified Survivors

Supporting Male Survivors (or: How to Support Those Who've Been Taught Not to Seek 


Most modern definitions of masculinity rest upon the maintaining of power and control. During presentations with youth in which we discuss gender identity, We are told that the ideal man is powerful, successful, in control, strong, has money, etc. All of these qualities point to masculinity necessarily entailing a sense of power and independence perhaps even self-sufficiency. We know, however, that during any act of violence the perpetrator is in a position of complete power and control. Thus, it is likely that male-identified survivors may feel that their gender identity has been robbed from them. Unfortunately, it seems that our society even perceives male-identified survivors as somehow being less masculine. 
In this presentation we will break down our modern definitions of masculinity in order to discuss how these ideals could cause an individual not to seek services as a survivor of violence and how the ideals could cause us to treat this individual differently in the event that he did seek out help. We will look at contemporary media that promotes myths that are specific to male-identified survivors and discuss what next steps can be taken by support agencies to support men while encouraging them to feel masculine. Tom Campbell, H.O.P.E Works 
Successful completion of all SANE Program trainings requires that you attend the entire training, sign the attendance sheet, and complete an evaluation.  Contact hours will be awarded once all of these requirements are met.
NHCADSV is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by New Hampshire Nurses' Association's Commission on continuing Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Registration for all quarterly review days is required because space is limited.  If you do not have the opportunity to register prior to an event please contact Christina Presenti (contact information below) at least 24 hours prior to the training to ensure that space is available.
To Register for SANE trainings, please contact Christina Presenti at 603-224-8893, ext 306 or email


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