Respect Survivors: Community is the foundation of healing

Respect is a cornerstone of healthy relationships. Respect is a famously powerful Aretha Franklin song. Respect is the root of resistance to violence.

This October, for Domestic and Dating Violence Awareness Month, we are pleased to present our campaign theme:

Respect survivors. Community is the foundation of healing.

Domestic violence harms survivors and deeply affects communities. Yet people are often expected to heal on their own, or in the privacy of a therapist or advocate’s office, out of the public eye – because we as a society don’t like to witness suffering. Community is a crucial element to survivor safety, healing, and self-determination, and is built on a foundation of honest acknowledgement that domestic violence is a widespread problem. Survivors need empathy and understanding from all corners, in order to speak candidly about abuse and trauma. When we empower people who have survived violence, we promote healing; we are saying, “You are worthy of love and respect. You are worthy of community.”

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Statewide list of DVAM events

Vigil for Victims and Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Eugene
Sun 10/1/2017 - 6:00pm
Super!Drag
Portland
Fri 10/6/2017 - 5:00pm
Pathways Gala & Auction
Oregon City
Thu 10/12/2017 - 5:30pm
Womenspace Wonder Run
Eugene
Sat 10/14/2017 - 10:30am
Bradley Angle Empowerment Lunch
Portland
Wed 10/18/2017 - 11:30am
Womenspace Reunion and Community Celebration
Eugene
Thu 10/19/2017 - 6:00pm
Womenspace Open House
Eugene
Tue 10/24/2017 - 4:00pm