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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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NRCDV eNewsletter: Beyond Resolutions, Envisioning Your Future

December 15th, 2015 No comments
This cookie represents an empty canvas, an opportunity to create, a vision not yet realized, but rooted in love and hope.

This cookie represents an empty canvas, an opportunity to create, a vision not yet realized, but rooted in love and hope.

“Our visions begin with our desires.” ~ Audre Lorde

For many people around the world, January first represents an opportunity for renewal or rebirth, a time to make a promise towards self-improvement. But there is a world of difference between a New Year’s resolution and a life goal. Through goal setting, however small or large, however near or far in the future, our brain accepts the desired outcome as an essential part of who we are. It sets our direction.

The NRCDV has released a new Technical Assistance Guidance, the 6th in our annual Domestic Violence and the Holidays series, to help advocates and survivors at domestic violence programs think beyond resolutions and harness the energy of the coming new year to focus on setting realistic life goals that will promote resilience and healing.

Domestic Violence and the Holidays: Beyond Resolutions, Envisioning Your Future by Ivonne Ortiz (December 2015) explores the New Year’s holiday as an opportunity to engage in positive visioning with advocates and survivors. It reviews the difference between resolutions and life goals, discusses the power of visioning exercise as a healing mental practice, and offers steps for setting goals you can achieve. Read on for concrete envisioning activities that you can bring to your program today!

Access the full issue of this eNewsletter for new resources and updates from the NRCDV!

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.]

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 PreventIPV.org.

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.]

NRCDV eNewsletter: Spotlight on Mental Health (April/May 2015)

May 11th, 2015 No comments

In the past 30 years, there has been a significant shift in understanding the impact of trauma on individuals and families. We have come to understand responses to trauma, including mental health challenges, as normal and adaptive reactions to adverse life experiences through a trauma-informed model. This knowledge urges us to pay attention to the profound ways in which trauma impacts mental health, push against the stigma associated with mental illness, and offer comprehensive care and support to trauma survivors. Learn more about trauma-informed approaches through the VAWnet Special Collection series developed in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health. This issue highlights activities in observance of National Mental Health Awareness Month throughout the month of May.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is bringing attention to the issue by declaring that “mental illness affects everyone” and #HopeStartsWithYou. Access their Mental Health Month Resources to sign the stigma free pledge, access facts and information, share your experience, and learn how get involved in stopping the stigma and advocating for equal care. You can make a promise to listen at #IWillListen, and go green during the month of May. NAMI also provides materials to support Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 4-10), offering tools and resources to understand and address the mental health needs of children affected by mental illness.

Read more: For the full issue, click here.

NRCDV eNewsletter: Spotlight on #NWGHAAD (February/March 2015)

March 5th, 2015 No comments
In recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD) 2015, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence joins efforts to empower young women with facts, awareness, resources and encouragement to combat this epidemic. Our goal is for young women to feel confident in making clear, well-informed decisions about their reproductive health, sexual behavior, and wellness.

On March 10th, join us in sharing positive words of advice or support via tweet, Facebook post, or Instagram video for all the young women out there that need to hear from us. Share facts, tips, or resources to help keep women and girls safe from abuse and to reduce their risk of exposure to HIV.

Use the hashtags #Girl2Girl and #NWGHAAD in all posts or email your thoughts toKenya Fairley and we’ll share them on our social media sites for you.

Access and share the campaign flyer with details on our #NWGHAAD efforts, and check out the resources below to boost your knowledge on this important topic:

Read more: For the full issue, click here.