DOING ADVOCACY DIFFERENTLY
After years of having private conversations with fellow survivors and advocates about our frustrations with the number of people still being impacted by domestic violence, we decided it was time to exercise our inner warrior and do something different, together.
A LITTLE ABOUT US
We are a national collaborative of advocates with a BOLD vision to nurture healthier individuals, families, and communities by advocating differently.
Our mission is to raise the national standard of advocacy and radically reduce the number of people being impacted by domestic violence. We do this through research, development, collaboration and the implementation of world class projects and programs.
SHIFTING THE NARRATIVE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The words we use can either create enormous walls of isolation or build beautiful bridges of understanding. In this inspiring talk, Audrey May Prosper, a long-time advocate against domestic violence shares both personal and professional insight from her journey while also offering two simple ways to shift the narrative around domestic violence from one that is destructive to one that is restorative -- so we can do advocacy differently and truly nurture healthier communities. As the Founder of the National Domestic Violence Collaborative, Audrey finds meaningful and collaborative ways to do advocacy differently.
OUR CORE VALUES
Here at "The Collaborative" our core values aren't just words on a website but instead something we strive to completely embody, which means they're a core part of who we are and the lens in which we look through to determine the decisions we make daily.
Courage is the strength to pursue things even when it may be unpopular.
Curiosity is the desire to learn and grow beyond what we already know, even when it may be uncomfortable.
Collaboration is working together with diverse perspectives towards a common goal.
Compassion is a concern and understanding for ourselves, others, and the greater whole.
Credibility is knowing, showing, and being.
Communication is the vehicle that builds the bridges which allow us to thrive in all we do.
THE DATA DEMANDS DIFFERENT
Data helps us develop a deeper understanding of where we are and where we need to be. We believe in leveraging what we learn through research and data to properly inform what we need to be doing differently. Together, we can create triumph over this tragedy.
People Affected Annually
What this astronomical number means is the American home is the most dangerous place for women and children in our country. We're committed to doing whatever we have to in order to decrease this number significantly in our lifetime.
Criminal punishment alone isn't creating safer families & communities, which is why we're advocating for restorative responses that prevent abuse from reoccurring.
Children Witnessing Abuse Annually
Witnessing abuse acts as a poison that impacts families intergenerationally. We're invested in nurturing healthy families by supporting children in developing the personal & relational skills they need to break the cycle and help change their communities.
Advocating differently means being super intentional about the way we approach advocacy.
The greatest insight we can ever receive in doing advocacy differently is from those who have experienced it first hand. Often times what they want and need isn't what we expect or think.
It's time we advocate differently by leveraging all of our resources and working together with diverse perspectives towards a common goal.
We're advocating differently by focusing on nurturing healthy roots in order to produce healthy fruits.
Inequity drives violence, which means any strategy to advocate differently must incorporate equity.
OUR PHASES OF WORK
Similar to a survivor rebuilding their life and intentionally healing day by day, we're committed to growing daily. We've designed four phases of our advocacy work that run independently while also simultaneously working together.
PHASE ONE - COMMUNICATE
In phase one of "The Collaborative" we’ve launched a National Task Force to generate deep discussions and tangible solutions to raise the standard of advocacy country wide.
PROJECTS & PROGRAMS
Our first bill is centered on diversity. It aims to empower people harmed by violent crimes like domestic violence by giving them the right to choose their preferred healing modality and have the costs covered through crime compensation.
Healthy self care is critical for both advocates and survivors. Our essentially empowered program was created to help advocates and survivors thrive through the use of the powerful healing properties of plants and nature -- better known as doTERRA essential oils.
VOICE OF A WARRIOR
Having one voice and one message will spread faster and further than we could have ever imagined. Voice of a Warrior is a 12-week group cohort designed to professionally train advocates to use their voices for good. Our first cohort is coming in 2022!
VOLUNTEER WITH US
Contributing to something greater than ourselves is important to feel fulfilled in our lives. Using our time and talent towards our cause also goes a long way in helping to create the change we wish to see. Learn more about the unique leadership opportunities available in 2022.