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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Smiles for the Soul: The Advocate’s Scrapbook of Strength, Wisdom & Wellness

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NRCDV Publications
Training Tools
Published Date
December, 2019
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“If you have a voice, use it. 
If you have legs, stand up.
If you have feet, step up.
If you have each other, fight together.” 
― Janna Cachola

There are many reasons why we chose to work in the movement to end gender-based violence. For some, it might have to do with their own experiences of survival, for others their commitment to helping build a better world. No matter our reasons, we can all agree that this work can take a toll on our minds and bodies. Advocates bear witness to the emotional pain that survivors endure, and although we are part of many powerful and inspirational moments that deeply impact our lives, we are also vulnerable to secondary traumatic stress. Additionally, some advocates have to maneuver added stressors like triggers, institutionalized racism, intolerance, silencing and many other roadblocks that can contribute to a sense of hopelessness and lack of meaning.  We must address vicarious trauma by leaning on each other, reflecting on why we do this work and how we can implement changes that sustain it

This Technical Assistance (TA) Bundle includes TA Questions (TAQs), podcasts, and webinars from NRCDV featuring resources and personal stories from advocates and survivors on self-care, resilience and best practices for sustaining our passion and well being.