Native women have been on the receiving end of many injustices. These injustices include homelessness and various forms of physical and sexual violence. Native women experience high rates of homelessness. Native women also have the highest rate of domestic violence and rape of any group of women. To support Native survivors, we must understand the historical context of their experiences.
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Writing in plain language is a tool to advance racial equity. It is an important step in dismantling white supremacy practices and anti-Blackness. When we move away from plain language and towards complicated wording and discipline-specific language, we prioritize people who already work in our field, and for whom English as a first language. When we use plain language, we center language access and justice.
Gender-based violence organizations have a responsibility and an opportunity to support the survivors on their staff on their healing journey by creating survivor-centered workplaces that help staff stay employed and support their financial security and long-term safety. In the November TAQ, guest authors from FreeFrom outline actionable recommendations for how organizations can start building survivor-centered workplaces.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), National AI/AN Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC) convened a workgroup of gender-based violence and housing advocates from Indian country to reflect on the needs of AI/AN survivors. This TAQ outlines some of the needs identified in the workgroup.
Health is a basic human right and need. The September TA Question of the Month shares select highlights from a newly released paper on health equity co-authored by staff at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Survivors need flexible, affordable, and safe housing options to achieve safety and lasting stability. The August 2021 TAQ explores how faith leaders can work to address domestic violence and support the housing needs of survivors in their communities.