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.

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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 impacted by domestic violence. We do this through researching, collaborating, developing, and implementing 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.

 
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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.

 

BE COURAGEOUS

Courage is the strength to pursue things even when it may be unpopular.

BE CURIOUS

Curiosity is the desire to learn and grow beyond what we already know, even when it may be uncomfortable.

BE COLLABORATIVE

Collaboration is working together with diverse perspectives towards a common goal.

 

BE COMPASSIONATE

Compassion is a concern and understanding for ourselves, others, and the greater whole.

BE CREDIBLE

Credibility is knowing, showing, and being.

BE COMMUNICATIVE

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.

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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.

21%

People Reoffend

Criminal punishment alone isn't creating safer families & communities, which is why we're advocating for restorative responses that prevent abuse from reoccurring.

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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.

 

OUR APPROACH

Advocating differently means being super intentional about the way we approach advocacy.

SURVIVOR-INFORMED

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.

COLLABORATIVELY-CREATED

It's time we advocate differently by leveraging all of our resources and working together with diverse perspectives towards a common goal.

ROOTS-FOCUSED

We're advocating differently by focusing on nurturing healthy roots in order to produce healthy fruits.

EQUITY-ENLIGHTENED

Inequity drives violence, which means any strategy to advocate differently must incorporate equity.

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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.

 
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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.

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PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

 

SHIFTING THE NARRATIVE

We're shifting the narrative through our national upcoming campaign, social justice journalism, books, and the creative use of media and entertainment.

LEGISLATIVE INNOVATION

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.

ESSENTIALLY EMPOWERED

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.

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SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR 

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CONTRIBUTING JOURNALIST

 
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR