Doris Rivera-Black

Speaker, Advocate, Author

Speaking Topics

While these are the main topics I speak on, I can put together just about any presentation related to these topics. Please contact me for more info and I look forward to speaking at your next event!

My Personal Journey

I share my personal struggles of being kidnapped at gunpoint and sexually assaulted by my estranged husband while I was a law enforcement officer. While this was a horrific event, I share how God saved me; how I overcame the aftermath; and how I not only survived, but thrived and how God can do this in your lives as well.

Domestic Violence Dynamics

In this presentation, participants will learn the dynamics of this issue that plagues our world and learn answers to all of the tough questions of "Why didn't he or she didn't just leave?" or "How could they have allowed this to happen to them?" Participants will learn how they can make a difference and help a friend in trouble.


In addition, the audience will learn what a healthy relationship is vs. an unhealthy one.

Sexual Assault Awareness

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. What are the misconceptions on this issue and how can we work together in creating a community where proactive measures are taken while supporting survivors of sex assault? How can we minimize victim blaming? In this presentation, participants will learn how.

Hope and Healing

Going through life's mishaps and traumatic events can leave you feeling hopeless. You may be left feeling you are destined for heartache. Participants will learn how to attack those lies and share how through Christ, forgiveness, release of anger and bitterness is possible, and how they too can fully heal.

Embracing the Woman Behind the Badge (or) Uniform

This presentation is ideal for law enforcement agencies or military installations. As women in uniform, we are often falsely taught we must be "tougher" than the men in order to make it in law enforcement or in the military. In reality, men and women have unique strengths and weakness that can be combined to foster a healthier environment and response to community.

Law Enforcement Response to Victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

How can you, as an officer, respond to a victim in a domestic violence or sex assault case? While the initial response is officer safety and safety of others, interviewing the victim can be another challenge. Law enforcement officers will learn tips on how you they can approach victims in a way they may open up during such a difficult time and help empower them to not continue to be victims.

Personal Safety & Awareness

Participants will learn situational awareness, avoidance, safety planning and prevention techniques. While this presentation does not include self-defense physical techniques, a self-defense class can also be provided through NEVER a Victim. Contact me for more info.






YOU Make a Difference!


Working with victims and offenders can sometimes be a “thankless” job. Many in this line of work often wonder why it is that they are in the line of work they’re in and if it even makes a small difference. This mindset can lead into “burn out” and create a loss of purpose. This thinking is simply not true. You do, in fact, make a great positive difference in the life of others and in your communities. As a  survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence, I will share my personal story of how people such as yourselves, made a difference in my life and in the life of the multitudes.