The members of our Consumer Advocacy Team consist of advocates and activists against violence. The members of this group consist of survivors and allies; this group knows how damaging the impact of violence is on children, families, individuals and communities. We also know that there is power in healing, there is resilience in the spirit, there is something of immense strength and courage to be said for each and every survivor.
For Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2017 – and every day of the year – our Consumer Advocacy Team takes a stand against violence by denouncing abuse and the normalization of abusive behaviors and rhetoric while standing for safety, hope, and promise of a better tomorrow.
This is practiced by:
- raising community consciousness about DV and how its impacts are wide spread and longstanding hurting not just the survivor but entire communities
- creating spaces for safe, candid, often difficult conversations (sometimes sharing personal experiences) about safety, trade-offs , policies & practices that can help / hurt others on as they are faced with violence, abuse , unsafe circumstances or relationships
The Consumer Advocacy Team, worked together on this last poem as a group to share with others. In this poem, they share a message about what it means when we normalize abuse as well as what it means to find hope in each new day.
When you normalize abuse
You become an abuser and life is never the same again
But one soul can make a difference for another
Today is now and yesterday is a memory
Live for now and thrive to survive
Revive your soul daily,
Lean on the strength of the mountains
And the sureness of the sun
Meditate, breath, love, create
And make your new pathway to healing