Education & Outreach Department

Sexual violence impacts the lives of victim/survivors, their families and their communities. WOAR is committed to providing education about sexual violence and creating a culture that supports sexual violence prevention.

K-12 schools, colleges/universities, technical institutes, community agencies and professionals: WOAR’s education and outreach services provide skill-based workshops and training which promote prevention strategies to reduce the risk of sexual violence. Click here for a WOAR training list.

As of December 31, 2014, Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law has been amended in ways that affect institution’s policies and procedures for reporting child abuse. These amendments expand the legal definitions for mandated reporters and child abuse, change the process for reporting child abuse, and require some groups of mandated reporters to receive training on child abuse recognition and reporting.

Our agency, WOAR can provide training that is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services in accordance with Act 31 of 2014 and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in accordance with Act 126 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code.

Our virtual format facilitates discussion and increases participants’ confidence in making a report of suspected abuse. It is facilitated by professionals who specialize in responding to victims of abuse. Tips for responding to a child who is disclosing abuse are included in this training, which past participants found helpful.

It is everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe. To schedule training for your staff please complete the online Program Request Form to request education services.

For additional information, please contact WOAR’s Director of Education and Outreach at 215-985-3315 ext. 192 or at

Some services are offered at a nominal fee. Please inquire with department regarding fees for services.