Turning Up the Heat for DVAM 2021: No Survivor Justice Without Racial Justice

No Survivor Justice Without Racial Justice

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is right around the corner, and for #DVAM2021 we are turning up the heat on our call to action from last year, No Survivor Justice Without Racial Justice. This October and beyond, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project calls on the domestic violence movement to center, celebrate, and follow the leadership of Black survivors, leaders, advocates, and frontline workers.

 

Prioritizing Community Care for Mental Health Awareness Month

"It's not really about what you can't do. It's about what you can still do. it's about how you can help the other people in your life."

 

For many, the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism and other traumas are taking a heavy toll on mental wellness and health. Isolation, collective trauma, and increased stress abound.

As we work to dismantle white supremacy and other systems that create and maintain violence, we must invest in efforts to promote healing justice and community care. This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s take action to ensure that everyone has the care and community support they need to thrive.

 

SAAM 2021: Uplifting Black Healing and Well-Being in Online Spaces

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This Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is supporting the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s call to build online spaces that foster healthy relationships, connectedness, and healing. This year’s campaign explores how we can work together to prevent sexual violence and build the world we want to live in by promoting a culture of consent, keeping kids safe online, and building healthy online communities.

 

Why Young Black Leaders Aren’t Only our Future, but Also our Now

Joy, Pride & Passion of Youth Activism

 

This country owes the innovation, wisdom, and passion of young Black leaders who go unnoticed and unnamed in mainstream history books. February boasts both Black History Month and Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. These months are not only for making clear the intersections between violence prevention, Black history, and safety but also for looking toward leaders creating safe and brave spaces and dismantling white supremacy — Black youth leaders.

 

Centering Youth at the Intersections of Homelessness and Gender-Based Violence for Teen DV Month 2021

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“It’s like they give you enough time to get yourself halfway out of the position you’re in, and then they just let you go.” – Youth, King County Youth of Color Needs Assessment

This Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), we’re centering the unique needs of runaway and homeless youth (RHY) experiencing relationship violence, particularly Black and Trans youth living at the intersections of multiple forms of oppression.

 

Domestic Violence Advocates are Essential Workers

 

Zakyia, Jacqueline, and Hania

 

Advocates are essential. With the work of anti-violence advocates and activists, survivors, their families, and their communities can access and center safety, healing, and joy. 

This blog post highlights NRCDV's new video series highlighting the stories of three advocates who share how COVID-19 has impacted their work, why they are essential workers, and why the work of serving those experiencing violence within their respective communities is essential. #1Thing you can do today is listen to their stories. 

 

Vote: Uniting to End Violence against People with Disabilities

Vote: Uniting the End Violence against People with Disabilities

 

"Vote As If Your Life Depends On It" -because it does! - Justin Dart.

Never in the history of voting has voting become so important to people with disabilities. For people with disabilities, the right to vote was there but accessibility was not. Watch this video from Uniting to End Violence Against People with Disabilities giving concrete options and resources to ensure that people with disabilities can vote.

 

Meeting This Moment for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2020

No Survivor Justice Without Racial Justice

 

“This moment in time is a call for transformation – a critical opportunity to revisit the roots of our movement to end gender-based violence in ways that can purposefully restore humanity for all.” – Meeting this Moment: Meaningful Engagement for Social Change during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Beyond​​​​​

As we approach Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2020, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project invites you to commit to doing #1Thing to help create safe and thriving communities for all.

 

How Advocates Can Ensure Survivors’ Voices Are Heard This Election Season

 

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Elections provide a key opportunity for voters to engage in systems-level advocacy by voting for the candidates and ballot measures that best represent our values. 

This is especially critical right now, as voters prepare to address key issues in local, state, and federal races this November. There are many opportunities for nonprofits to legally engage in elections activities, which makes domestic violence service providers well-positioned to play a pivotal role in supporting survivors’ access to their right to vote.