The public health pandemics that call upon us to reexamine policies and practices that reinforce racism and patriarchy and consider how we boldly pivot “our” work moving forward. Years of colonization, slavery, and other forms of structural racism in the United States included violence against women and girls of color that make gender-based violence and racism intrinsically linked.
Racial justice is our work. Dismantling anti-Blackness where it shows up in our personal and professional spaces is a specific and integral part of racial justice work. We must be the work, not just do the work. We all have a role to play in creating safe and thriving communities for all.
Over the last six years, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) embarked on the journey to becoming an anti-racist and multi-cultural organization. We have been actively working towards strengthening organizational and staff capacity to develop and implement policies and practices that reduce dismantle oppressive systems such as racism that disproportionately affects women, children, and individuals with marginalized identities and lived experiences increasing one’s vulnerability to experience violence.
The presenter will share highlights and lessons learned from NRCDV’s racial equity journey. She will also share strategies used to guide and support victim services organizations in developing tools and resources to dismantle organizational policies and practices that oppress some and privilege others.