B. The Trainers The trainers who have participated in the Social Advocates program are Russian lawyers, law professors and judges who are experts in particular areas of Russian law or who have extensive experience working on the issue of domestic violence. The training course emphasizes the importance of using an interactive technique, and so the trainers employ a number of teaching styles, including short lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and simulated writing exercises. The trainers use sample hypothetical domestic violence scenarios, often based on real cases seen by crisis centers. In addition, each trainer prepares written materials that are given to the participants as a supplement to the course. When used, sample exercises and handouts are included as appendices to the specific section. It is important that the Social Advocates trainers have a high level of knowledge about their field and also the necessary skills to adapt theoretical information to more accessible teaching methods. The majority of this manual consists of chapters written by the trainers on a particular subject, giving an outline of how they prepare to teach the information, as well as the goals and methods used in each course. Each chapter concludes with a list of resources, suggested by the trainer.