By Allison Crowe, See the Triumph Co-Founder
For our October series of No Stigma, Only Triumph, I have been thinking a lot about advocacy, and its role in eliminating the stigma that still surrounds IPV. I think it’s a difficult topic in many ways, as perhaps it’s unclear how to be an advocate, what an advocate is, and the types of advocacy one can engage in. Through our research, however, one finding that has really stood out was how you out there really see yourselves as advocates. We were so touched by reading about your efforts, we highlighted these stories in an article entitled, Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence as Advocates for Social Change. With two other authors, we shared many of your advocacy activities, quotes, and examples so that we could help re-envision survivors as advocates and leaders in the movement for social change. Here I wanted to highlight some of the quotes from this article, and offer anyone who’d like to read the full article access to it http://www.psysr.org/jsacp/murray-v7n1-2015_84-100.pdf
You said this about why you advocate:
You said this about what it means to be a survivor and advocate:
You said this about knowing whether you were ready to be an advocate:
You do large-scale advocacy efforts:
You do small-scale advocacy efforts:
Thanks, as always, for reading and supporting our work, and for all of you who shared your thoughts for this article, a special thank you to you!