"By promoting and supporting resilience and healing, we allow ourselves and others to stay connected, to hold on to hope and to refuel the flame within our social justice hearts." - Patty Branco, Why is healing from collective trauma critical for our social justice efforts?
As we look back on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence reflects on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's call to build safe online spaces that are free from harassment and abuse. As more of our time is spent in virtual spaces, we have seen how online communities can be a powerful tool to promote connectedness, activism, and healing justice.
As Prentis Hemphill writes, “Healing justice is active intervention in which we transform the lived experience of Blackness in our world. And in order to actively intervene and transform the experience of Black life, on every level, our movements and our organizations have to understand and value the wisdom of healing justice.”
This issue of the PreventIPV newsletter features tools that highlight community building as a key strategy for prevention. It includes resources to promote connection and care by building communities that foster healing, resilience, and joy, both online and off.