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Social Change Advocacy

[image description, powerpoint slide with text: Social Change advocacy. Core Principles: Create an experience that is liberating vs. dominating, Engage in dialogue vs. counsel or advise, Recognize intersection and complexity vs. single aspects or events, Place the person’s reality and actual needs at the center vs. institutions’ needs, Engage with social networks, family, and community vs. isolated individuals, Approach as a social problem vs. individual or psychological. Core Activities: Connect with women/survivor and supportive networks to strengthen community and create solidarity, Understand the nature of violence against women and how it affects women individually and collectively, Analyze what it is that will alleviate the problems caused (for individuals and for women as a group) AND prevent them from occurring in the future, Strategize a course of action (steps, details and preparation) to create change, Implement the strategy – take the collective action and steps necessary to create the change, Reflect and adapt in relation to shifting conditions, success or failure of strategies used and intended or unintended consequences. Theoretical Foundation: Understand violence against women in the context of a system of gender oppression. The violence is a tool that maintains the oppression that all women experience to varying degrees. Gender oppression intersects with other forms of oppression; they reinforce and perpetuate each other. Collective action within and across communities and identity groups is necessary to end oppression in all forms. Women/survivors who have experienced violence must be a primary force in collective work to end violence against women and the system of gender oppression that it maintains.]

Harnessing Our Collective Power

[image description: powerpoint slide with text Harnessing our Collective Power requires: understanding the violence as oppression, changing the root causes of oppression, locating outside of the institutions we are trying to change, working collectively with women who experience violence, focusing on women’s experiences and needs not institutions needs.]

Margin to Center

If you take our DVSV trainings and workshops, you will learn about how domestic and sexual violence is rooted in systematic and institutional oppression. Our focus the first morning at the Advocacy Learning Center was setting this foundation, connecting oppression and DVSV. We discussed the Pillars of Oppression and did a Margin to Center exercise demonstrating how multiple identities intersect.  In ways, we each are both the oppressor and the oppressed.

ALC day 2

[image description: two photos side by side, on the left is a poster of the Pillars of Oppression: Center=Ruler/Oppressor (image of a triangle) Margin = Ruled/Oppressed, Make oppressed into inferior objets undeserving of equal treatment, Teach submission through day-to-day disdain and messages of inferiority and overt violence, Able to use violence against oppressed with impunity, Split oppressed into “good” (collaborators) and “bad” (resistors).  Behind the poster is the “island of survivors” a large circle covered by many colored post-its with written messages.  The second photo is white poster paper with a large circle titled Margin and a smaller circle inside it titled Center.  There are hand written words on various parts of the circles such as men, white, rich, cisgender, heterosexual, temporarily able bodied at the Center and words such as single mothers, LGBTQ, rural, undocumented residents, HIV Aids at the Margin.]



DeafHope & ALC

We are thrilled to have been chosen for an 18 month immersion program to elevate DVSV advocacy services. Through the Advocacy Learning Center, we are working with DVSV agencies from around the country to talk about our work to end violence against women. Our Empowerment Directors are in Chaska, Minnesota for the week – stay tuned for more updates!


[image description: training poster showing a painting by Mali Kouanchao of three women of color raising their hands up together toward a swirling backdrop of blue sky, red mountains and green landscapes. The conference title is shown: The Advocacy Learning Center, a force for change. Welcome. Praxis International, Office on Violence Against Women, Manavi]

Supporting Survivors Workshop – July 11th!



FLYER IMAGE: JULY 11 in block letters on the top left.  Below that is a black square with white letters, “Together All in Solidarity. Intersectional Activism” A large black/white picture of De’Lasha Singleton, a black woman with chin-length hair signing “YOU” with another hand on her chest. She looks compassionate and caring. Below that, there is white text in a pink box: “SUPPORTING SURVIVORS WITH DE’LASHA SINGLETON.” DeafHope’s logo is on the right. A larger purple box is below that with the text: 470 27th Street, Oakland. 1pm-4pm. De’Lasha Singleton from Together All in Solidarity (TAS), will talk about how community allies can be accessible and supportive for all survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Workshop in ASL. Please make request for DeafBline interpreters by July 2nd. NO COST! TO RSVP: DEAFHOPE@DEAF-HOPE.ORG

Oregon Court Interpreter Conference

DeafHope was honored to present this weekend at the Oregon Court Interpreters Conference. Such a great energy with this group! After a lovely lunchtime serenade, we discussed Trauma Informed Interpreting and strategies for self-care.  Thank you for a wonderful welcome to Portland!

Oregon Court Interpreter Conference


[image description: Collage with three photos on top and one on bottom.  Top left is the powerpoint title screen with an image of  several hands clasped together and the text Trauma-Informed Interpreting, Pacific Northwest Court Interpreter Conference June 2015.  The middle top image is of a grey haired gentleman playing a small guitar and two woman dancing beside him.  The third top image is the logo of the Judicial Department of Oregon.  The bottom image is a group photo of many of the workshop participants, standing together at the front of the room.  They are smiling and looking at the camera.]

A Glimpse of Dare to Utter

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[Jeana Williams: I trusted him. I thought we were friends… but he raped me.

Shira Grabelsky: I got things from his car and went to the police. I don’t remember what happened after that.

Christine Kanta: He took my bible. He took my cross necklace. He called me evil and I believe him. I believed I was evil.

Rima Cornish: I went in the room and told him that we refuse to leave until he leaves. He said, “Everything is fine. Look… we are just talking. It’s fine, right?” Sarah was too drunk to respond. Huh? Drunk means yes? Really? Ugh…

Sophia Brunton: I was unsure what to do when my baby was born. Did I want my child to grow up seeing me get hurt by his father every day? I looked at my baby, and realized I didn’t want that. This was when I decided…

Black background with white text: Dare to Utter. May 29, 2015. Deaf Survivors’ Stories. A video of a person signing “Dare to Utter” is visible behind the text.

Black background with white text: Dare to Utter. May 29, 2015. California School for the Deaf, Fremont. Klopping Theatre. 7:00 pm. $15. Buy tickets online: All proceeds will go to DeafHope.]

Upcoming Events

October 2016

  • Deaf Access for Survivors webinar: Oct. 5 10a
  • DVSV Training Must attend all three days: Oct 14, 15 & 16 9-5p