In the current climate of pervasive IPV, threats to safety nets, and escalating divisiveness, many domestic violence advocates are wondering how they can invest in building equitable communities.
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According to the ACLU, nearly 60% of people in women’s prison nation-wide, and as many as 94% of some women’s prison populations, have a history of physical or sexual abuse before being incarcerated.
It has been said that a person can live about 40 days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.
"The traditional mainstream effort of providing resources and information to the community is usually referred to as outreach. What I did, and what everyone who works with diverse communities does, is better called reaching out."
Taking a welcoming, trauma-informed, intersectional approach to our work is the only way to end intimate partner violence.
Advocates have unique and valuable insights into the diverse needs and lived experiences of survivors and their families. And they are well-positioned to gather and share information about survivors’ circumstances, the barriers they face, and the resilience they have – and what those things tell us about needed policy changes.