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NRCDV eNewsletter: Moving Forward With Shared Vision (April/May 2016)

May 11th, 2016 No comments
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We have always argued that to end the conditions that breed violence and trap women in abuse, we have to end economic and racial inequality. Women can’t escape from abuse when they have nowhere to go, no help to get there, and no money. By ourselves, domestic violence programs will never solve these economic, housing, and health problems. They require solutions and coalitions far bigger than those we have yet designed.” – Susan Schechter

In this movement to end gender based violence, our vision of healthy and safe individuals, families, and communities is one that overlaps with the work of other social justice movements. On a recent PreventConnect web conference, Saru Jayaraman of ROC United reminded us that together, we gaze upon a shared horizon of the change we wish to see.

Healthy People 2020 emphasizes the importance of addressing the social determinants of health, or the conditions in which people are born, live, work, and age, to “create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.” The World Health Organization embraces this path to health equity noting that “these circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.”

Anti-poverty advocates have been working for decades to promote economic justice through a number of key strategies, one of which centers around neighborhood development. The White House has prioritized economic mobility through community revitalization and stabilization, noting that “a child’s zip code should never determine her destiny.” To realize this shared vision of health and safety, we must work collaboratively across sectors to achieve social and economic justice and address the unique needs of each community.

This eNewsletter highlights new and notable resources and initiatives that NRCDV was proud to be part of and that remind us about the power of partnerships in achieving our common goals.

Read on: Access the full issue for new resources and updates from the NRCDV!

How can domestic violence advocates support National Community Action Month?

May 2nd, 2016 No comments

by Patty Branco for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

This May, let’s bring our attention to the importance of building and sustaining partnerships between domestic violence programs and anti-poverty organizations, as we celebrate and promote National Community Action Month. This observance was created by the Community Action Partnership (CAP) to reinforce the critical role of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in helping low-income families achieve economic stability. Throughout the month of May, CAP directs its communication efforts into recognizing and celebrating the work that CAAs are doing around the country. Read more…

What is the theme for 2016 Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities and how can local centers participate?

April 1st, 2016 No comments

by Susan Sullivan, Prevention Campaign Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

saammaingx_0The theme of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign is Prevention is Possible. This April we hope to share the message that we can all stop sexual violence before it happens by addressing the root causes and social norms that allow it to exist.

Many societal factors contribute to the prevalence of sexual violence. Everything from rape jokes to the objectification of women in marketing campaigns can normalize violence and allow inequality to thrive. This year’s campaign materials help individuals, communities, and businesses to see their role in preventing sexual violence. The Campaign Brochure breaks down action steps that these audiences can take to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens. Read more…

What role can self-defense classes play in our efforts to prevent sexual violence?

March 1st, 2016 2 comments

by Karen Stahl, Technical Assistance Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Silhouette-of-woman-showing-stop-gesture-copy-e1410307104392The NSVRC recently received the following request for technical assistance: “As a local rape crisis center, we are frequently asked why we don’t endorse women’s self—defense classes as a way of preventing rape. We have serious concerns about the notion that self-defense classes prevent rape. Is there a national position from the anti-sexual violence movement?”

As of now, the NSVRC at least does not take an official position. We would want to see more rigorous evaluation results from proponents for self-defense classes before taking any stance. I thought it might be helpful to offer a few thoughts on my own evolution around this as I once was fairly content to agree with the questioner. But my thinking on this has evolved to consider that there is a place for certain well-designed self-defense programs that embrace an understanding of violence against women and trauma’s effects on the body as a tool of empowerment. Like so many issues, context and content are critical considerations.
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NRCDV eNewsletter: Celebrate, Reflect and Move Forward Together (February/March 2016)

February 17th, 2016 No comments
"This painting captures the poignancy and depth of love between one aged African-American grandmother and her youngest, free-spirited bi-racial granddaughter. It represents how intergenerational bonds unite all women and become the strength that lifts us all up in solidarity." - Holly Angelique, Artist: A Grandmother's Love

“This painting captures the poignancy and depth of love between one aged African-American grandmother and her youngest, free-spirited bi-racial granddaughter. It represents how intergenerational bonds unite all women and become the strength that lifts us all up in solidarity.” – Holly Angelique, Artist: A Grandmother’s Love

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day of recognition and celebration, marking the achievements of women and inspiring action to achieve greater gender equality and justice.

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence celebrates IWD each year by commissioning or purchasing a piece of artwork made by a woman or a collective of women that honors the struggles and successes that we face. Through this art, we join with women across the world in envisioning and working to make real a future of autonomy and equality for women and girls.

This eNewsletter spotlights new and notable resources and initiatives from the NRCDV that encourage all of us to reflect on our journey, celebrate our successes, and move forward together towards social change.

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Special Announcement – TDVAM 2016: Empowered Youth on the Margins

February 2nd, 2016 No comments

bootsCelebrate Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month with the NRCDV!

This February, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is committed to bringing the experiences and needs of teens from marginalized communities to the forefront and lifting up the amazing social justice work of youth leaders on the margins. These young people have unique experiences and their voices are critical to any meaningful conversation about preventing and responding to dating violence and to our overall goal of creating safe and healthy communities.

We have much to learn from youth activists – especially those on the margins – who share our commitment to social justice. Let their voices guide our efforts, and let us mindfully step back and allow them to lead.

Learn with us! This Special Announcement highlights events and resources from the NRCDV. Access and share our detailed flyer here.

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