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Power and Oppression: Let's Break It Down

June 29, 2021
10: 00 AM - 11: 30 AM

Eastern Standard Time


Courtney Winkler, Brooke Ophardt, Makenzie Swanson

Content Areas

Foundations of prevention work, Privilege and oppression
Organizational/Community Response
Anti-oppression/anti-racism, Challenges in victim advocacy (ethics, boundaries, values clarification, etc.)
DVS Certification
Foundations of Prevention (X), Privilege and Oppression (XII)
Training Level
Introductory (geared towards those who have been doing this work for less than 2 years and have a basic understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence. These workshops focus on new knowledge and skills.)

Registration Info

Registration Days
May 18 - June 29, 2021


In this introductory webinar, participants will be introduced to an overview and examples of the four levels of oppression, historical oppression, and how forms of oppression are interconnected. Participants will engage through discussions, activities, and videos to explore what oppression means to us, how we experience it today, and how to address oppression in our field. This introductory level workshop is targeted toward professionals who are new to understanding concepts or those who wish to review power and oppression and to increase their understanding of these issues.

To continue learning about these concepts, participants are encouraged to register for the session "Let's Talk Oppression & Hold Each Other Accountable" that will be held on Tuesday, July 27.


Brooke Ophardt (she/her/hers) is the Training & Prevention Specialist for the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has been working for the Coalition since February of 2019. Her previous work includes providing administrative and outreach support for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. Her observations surrounding the intersection of race, class, and reproductive justice titled, “Body Autonomy During Pregnancy: Where Did It Go?” has been published in the peer-reviewed feminist journal, Dissenting Voices.  Currently, she is working a prevention initiative focused on engaging men and boys in domestic violence prevention through the evidence-based program Coaching Boys Into Men.  Brooke also provides support to DCADV's economic justice/economic empowerment efforts.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Women and Gender Studies from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, and a Master's of Public Administration with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence from the University of Colorado Denver.

Makenzie Swanson is the DELTA Project Coordinator at Turning Point at People’s Place. As the coordinator, she implements evidence-based strategies focusing on the primary prevention of intimate partner violence among youth in Delaware. Makenzie began studying Behavioral Neuroscience and Spanish in Michigan before moving to Delaware and completing her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science with a certificate in Conflict Resolution. Makenzie is a certified Community Health Worker and currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Boise State University. She serves as a co-chair of the Social Justice Subcommittee.

This program is funded through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.

This course, Power and Oppression: Let's Break It Down, Approval #210519, provided by Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence is approved for continuing education by the NASWDE Continuing Education Approval Collaborative. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 through January 31, 2023. Delaware social workers will receive 1.5 Ethics CE credits for participating in this course.


For resources related to oppression and social justice, please check out the Joint Task Force Social Justice Subcommittee's Social Justice Toolkit.