“Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.” – bell hooks
As we enter into Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Domestic Violence Awareness Project calls on us to Heal, Hold & Center survivors, especially those navigating anti-Blackness and other systems of oppression, throughout DVAM and beyond. As we know, there is no survivor justice without racial justice. We must work together and be open to embrace the many cultural ways of healing from violence and oppression, to hold space for survivors, and to center those most marginalized in all of our efforts to end domestic violence.
Join us in amplifying the following messages each week in October – and check out our new Heal, Hold & Center Action Guide (coming soon!) for tips, tools, sample social media posts, and more.
Week 1: No Survivor Justice Without Racial Justice
⇒ Prevention Tool of the Week: Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
Week 2: Heal
⇒ Prevention Tool of the Week: Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities
Week 3: Hold
⇒ Prevention Tool of the Week: Powerful Voices
Week 4: Center
⇒ Prevention Tool of the Week: Pay Equity and a Thriving Wage: All individuals deserve to be valued for their labor
Week 5: Sustaining Heal, Hold & Center Post-DVAM
And be sure to join in kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2023 with the National Call for Unity on Friday 9/29 at 3pm Eastern. This year's call centers on the theme for DVAM 2023, Heal, Hold & Center. Through inspiring messages, the speakers will explore what it means to find justice, healing, nurturance, and leadership for survivors of domestic violence. REGISTER HERE
What #1Thing will you do to heal, hold & center survivors in your work this DVAM?