By Breckan Winters, NRCDV Program Specialist

HERE and thereDomestic 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 (DVAP) calls on the domestic violence movement to center, celebrate, and follow the leadership of Black survivors, leaders, advocates, and frontline workers. As Arlene Vassell writes in HERE and there: An open letter to white women in the movement to end gender-based violence:

“The only way to end gender-based violence is shifting power and resources over here. Here. The place that was created by Black women for Black people. Through blood, sweat and tears, we’ve always been here.”

Racial justice is our work. Dismantling anti-Blackness where it shows up in our personal and professional spaces is a specific and integral part of racial justice work. We must be the work, not just do the work. We all have a role to play in creating safe and thriving communities for all. Here are some ways that you can act to promote racial justice for survivors this DVAM:

What #1Thing will you do to promote racial justice for survivors during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and beyond?