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Why is it important to bring a racial justice framework to our efforts to end domestic violence?

October 1st, 2015 No comments

by Ivonne Ortiz, Training and Education Specialist for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

wocOctober marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time when as advocates we work hard to bring attention to an issue that continues to affect our communities. Beyond raising awareness, DVAM brings a national spotlight to the issue of domestic violence, creating an opportunity to elevate conversations about its root causes, which stem from a culture of oppression and privilege. We know that domestic violence is linked to a web of oppressive systems such as racism, xenophobia, classism, ableism, sexism, and heterosexism. And while domestic violence occurs in every culture regardless of socioeconomic, educational, and religious background, we must address the fact that violence disproportionately affects marginalized groups, especially those who experience multiple forms of oppression. In response to the importance of bringing a racial justice framework to our work, we bring a focus to the experiences of women of color, who experience domestic violence at high rates and continue to encounter barriers when trying to access supportive services.
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NRCDV eNewsletter: Action + Awareness = Social Change (September/October 2015)

September 24th, 2015 No comments

mainimageThis October, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence will help foster healthy communities by encouraging all of us to be part of the equation “Awareness + Action = Social Change.” This prevention framework offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations about what Action looks like.

As a movement, we know that community organizing is prevention work, and that addressing the intersectionality of oppressions and creating partnerships with other social justice movements are core components of effectively preventing intimate partner violence and contributing to the health and well being of our communities. We are committed to raising up these important conversations during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and throughout the year.

Be part of the equation!

Read on to explore new resources and updates from the NRCDV! [Access the full issue here.]

DVAM 2015 Highlights & Resources from the NRCDV!

September 15th, 2015 No comments

mainimageThis October, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence seeks to foster healthy communities by encouraging all of us to be part of the equation Awareness + Action = Social Change. This concept originated from the Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training, and Resource Center (TC-TAT), providing leadership in prevention since 1997.

Awareness + Action = Social Change is a framework that offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations about what Action looks like. Information about upcoming events and our #DVAM2015 image campaign are highlighted below! Read more…

How can agencies enhance access to services for Latin@s in their community?

September 1st, 2015 No comments

by Maria Jirau-Torres, Language Access Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

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According to the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC), a culturally competent organization and its employees should “have the capacity to value diversity, conduct a self-assessment, manage the dynamics of difference, acquire and institutionalize cultural knowledge, and adapt to diversity and the cultural contexts of the communities they serve” (Goode, Jones and Mason, 2002; The Workgroup on Adapting Latino Services, 2008).

Studies have found that Latin@ survivors experience more barriers in seeking services than non-Latin@s and do not seek formal or informal help as frequently. The NSVRC, in partnership with the University of Puerto Rico Center for Evaluation and Sociomedical Research (CIES), conducted a National Needs Assessment in 2013 to begin conversations exploring prevention across languages and cultures and learn about the particular barriers Latin@ communities experience. A common theme that emerged among participants was the desire to partner with other organizations working with Latin@/Hispanic communities and a need for space to connect and network with other advocates. Findings from this study show a need for greater systemic and coordinated efforts to improve prevention and intervention services for Latin@/Hispanic communities. Read more…

What can advocates do to support non-offending parent(s) whose child has experienced sexual abuse?

August 18th, 2015 No comments

by Karen Stahl of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center


Learning that their child has been sexually abused would rank as one of the worst days in most parents’ lives. A parent’s reaction to this news can vary greatly as people respond to crises in many ways from shock, to denial, to anger and fear. While some advocates work directly with children, others may not, but supporting the parent/caregiver is necessary so that they in turn can support their child through a recovery process. Here, advocacy is guided by the notion that supporting and educating a parent can provide a lifetime of support for the child.

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NRCDV eNewsletter: Prevention is Possible (June/July 2015)

July 7th, 2015 No comments

Working to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) is about exploring its root causes and building ongoing, community defined solutions to address them.

Engaging in prevention requires that domestic violence programs and their partners support a strategic visioning process with communities. Service providers themselves become more deeply rooted within the community they serve and develop a more robust understanding of the unique needs and resources that exist there.

NRCDV understands prevention as a proactive integrated approach that combines services and social change to promote a culture of respect, equality, and peace. We believe that prevention is possible. Learn more at

Some upcoming opportunities to explore prevention concepts and strategies include:

  • PreventIPV Webinar (7/28): Building Movement Synergy: Engaging advocates and movement makers in primary prevention [Learn More] [Register]
  • PreventConnect Web Conference (7/9): Joint Strategies: How does sexual and domestic violence prevention better leverage local health, justice, education and community sectors [Learn More] [Register]
  • PreventConnect Web Conference (8/13): Closing the Loop: Increasing investment and sustainability for sexual and domestic violence prevention [Learn More] [Register]
  • 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference (9/2-9/4): Inspired by Progress, United by Purpose [Learn More] [Register]

Read on to explore new resources and updates from the NRCDV! [Access the full issue here.]