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Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The movement to end gender based violence has spanned across centuries, and until the last couple of decades it mostly consisted of volunteers and activists working against systems of oppression. As the movement has grown and funding has increased, so has our proximity to many of the institutions that make up these systems of oppression and contribute greatly to violence and inequity in our society, such as the criminal justice system and mainstream academia. Guided by two academic articles that address the impact that these institutions have on our work, we will discuss how our entanglement with larger institutions can be harmful to the movement and other efforts to address societal oppression. Recommendations for resisting the influence of these institutions while maintaining effective prevention and advocacy efforts will be provided. If participants want to read the articles that will be discussed prior to the webinar, they are available at the following links: Social Service or Social Change? Who Benefits from your Work? Paul Kivel (2000) The Braid the Binds Us: The Impact of Neoliberalism, Criminalization, and Professionalization on Domestic Violence Work (2016) 


Cost: Free

Questions? Contact [email protected] or 503-230-1951 ext. 300

Presented by:
Darin J. Dorsey
Darin J. Dorsey (He/Him/His) has been engaged in the movement to end gender based violence since 2009, where he started as a Student Educator at a University in California. Since then he has worked as a prevention educator and policy advocate in a diverse set of communities across multiple states, including Texas, Washington, and Oregon. He has experience providing direct service as an advocate, including answering crisis lines and responding to hospital calls. Darin recently accepted a position at a women-led progressive political organization where he will be working to help candidates and organizations build the infrastructure they need to solve systemic problems for their communities, while continuing to independently offer training and consultation on topics including non-profit organizational change and violence prevention .He can be reached at [email protected]

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