Our Statewide Domestic Violence Conference: Keeping the Momentum Going
In May, we convened 400 advocates to ask how we could shift our movement’s lens and broaden our focus to address the following questions:
- How can we meet families where they are?
- How has the traditional victim vs. offender framework impacted families?
- What might it look like to offer supports that aren’t dependent on the victim leaving or the offender going to jail?
- What do we hear from communities about the impact and effectiveness of our current intervention approaches?
- What do we mean by “accountability” and what does it actually look like?What role does “healing” play in our work with individuals, families and communities?
As we think about the changes needed to center the needs of the most marginalized survivors of domestic violence, we ask:
- What does this new landscape look like? Who will lead us there?
- What models will we follow to achieve this goal?
- Will this result in dismantling or augmenting the work being done?
- Given the work that the mothers of our movement have done, how do we honor that work while pivoting to a different place?
We encourage you to continue grappling with these concepts in blog posts and social media. In doing this, please take a look at some recent articles that inspired deeper thought on our Conference themes: