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From the Front of the Room: An Advocate's Guide to Help Prepare Survivors for Public Speaking

General Material
NRCDV Publications
Published Date
September, 2011
New Resources Added
March 14, 2024

This guide provides a basic overview of the issues that face survivors who desire to speak publicly about their experiences with intimate partner violence. It provides guidance for both the survivor speaker and victim advocates seeking to maximize the survivor's physical and emotional safety and ensure the overall success of the speaking engagement.

The Guide is organized into two parts: one designed for victim advocates helping to prepare survivors for public speaking and one designed for survivors of domestic violence as they explore the journey of sharing their story with the public. The Guide for victim advocates is organized into the following four (4) sections:

  1. Tips for Survivor Speakers
  2. Tips for Advocates
  3. Considerations for Specific Populations
  4. Survivor Speaker's Safety Planning Guide

Published in 2024, the "From the Front of the Room" quick guide presents highlights from both the survivor and advocate guides in a condensed, at-a-glance format.