By Breckan Erdman Winters, NRCDV Program Specialist

“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

No Survivor Justice Without Racial JusticeBetween the pandemic of racial injustice and anti-Blackness, COVID-19 and the longstanding disparities it has highlighted, and the increased visibility of domestic violence and isolation of survivors due to physical distancing measures, it is difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the widespread injustice that we are experiencing in the world right now. However, this moment is also one of great possibility. Now is the time to boldly pivot our work to dismantle white supremacy, to center the needs and experiences of Black survivors, and as Laura Chow Reeve writes, to engage in “conversations around what actually keeps us safe, what actually allows survivors and communities to heal and thrive, and what will actually end violence.” What do Black survivors of domestic violence need for emotional and physical safety and well-being?

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. Here are some ways you can take action:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This moment is a critical opportunity for us to work together to build beloved communities. How will you take action for #DVAM2020?