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Online Courses

Online Courses Background

Violence Free Minnesota offers several unique online courses that are available to staff of our member programs. Each course is five weeks long, and uses the online course platform, Canvas. Courses are completion based. If all materials are completed by the end of the five weeks, the participant will receive credit for the course.


Each course includes:​

  • Weekly videos

  • Weekly quizzes/assignments/exercises


Starting in 2022, all courses will be offered on-demand. Currently, the Basic Protective Order course is only being offered (register below). After registering, you will be given access to the course the following week and will have 5 weeks to complete it. 

*All other courses will be made available later this year.*

For all other questions regarding online courses and registration, please contact Joe Shannon,

Online Course List

Basic Protective Order:

This course is a combination of our previous Basic Protective Order Parts 1 and 2. This course is still available to participants for 5 weeks after gaining access. 

  • Participants will learn:

    • Differences between protective orders (OFP/HRO/DANCO).

    • Who qualifies for an order for protection.

    • How to write an effective OFP petition.

    • Service of protective orders.

    • Types of relief requested in a protective order.

    • Standards for protective order extensions and how to obtain one.

    • Violation and enforcement of protective orders.

    • Issues surrounding children/minors and protective orders (Obtaining on behalf of minors; testifying at hearings; GAL issues; etc.).

Register here!

Domestic Violence Advocates’ Confidentiality

Available Soon!

  • The course will go over the confidentiality rules that advocates must follow. It will build off and expand on the Confidentiality Guide. The course will be ideal for newer advocates, or those who want a refresher on confidentiality.

  • During the course, advocates will have many opportunities to master confidentiality rules by:

    • Working through realistic and common scenarios

    • Participating in group discussions.

Housing Advocacy 101

Available Soon!

  • A basic overview of housing issues that advocates commonly face when working with survivors.

    • This course will cover:

      • Basic tenant rights.

      • Public nuisance laws.

      • How to prevent possible eviction.

      • How to address unsafe housing conditions.

      • How to access housing.

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