Resources Library: Advocates

Bisexual Survivors: A Focus on Survivor-Centered Design

Added Friday, June 03, 2022 by Action Alliance

In this report, the Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP) examines the experience of bisexual+ survivors of intimate partner violence due to the alarming statistics concerning violence against bisexual+ women and the lack of resources in the field that address barriers and systemic bi-antagonism existing within systems.

For decades, systems professionals have been attempting to address the problem of intimate partner violence through the work of Coordinated Community Response (CCRs). The results have been promising for certain types of survivors. Often the needs of groups who are white, cisgender, heterosexual, and not living with a disability have been addressed by CCRs. CCRs and Intimate Partner Violence and Homicide (IPVH) responses have largely ignored the concerns of survivors from various marginalized communities, including communities of color, LGBTQ+,1 and disabled. The oversight has meant that many of the survivor’s face violence in the home have to deal with systems’ responses that do not meet their needs. Systems’ responses can further jeopardize them, may not be culturally responsive and may not be able to prevent homicides. CCRs are designed to bring about changes to the system, and a part of the process of change requires CCRs to continually examine their work and consider ways in which they can focus on marginalized communities.

Black Women are Leaders in the Movement to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

Added Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by Action Alliance

This poster highlights the contributions and leadership of black women in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence throughout history, and features short biographies of Ida B. Wells, The Combahee River Collective, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Loretta Ross, Harriet Jacobs, Tarana Burke, and Rosa Parks.

Feel free to download and print this poster to display in your organization.

Bold Joyful Sexuality and Repro Justice Action Plan

Added Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by Action Alliance

As advocates and preventionists, we can take steps in our professional roles to create a world where all people experience joyful sexuality and reproductive justice. Let’s practice setting a bold action plan for how we can integrate joyful sexuality and reproductive justice across each level of the Social Ecological Model. Below we’ve provided prompts, as well as examples, to get you started.

This is a fun and flexible activity. You can use it in so many ways: for personal reflection, as an exercise in your staff as team building or in-service, use with community partners when mapping out shared values or potential projects, or in programming with youth and adults.

Me: What will you do as an advocate or preventionist?
Examples: I will donate money to abortion funds; I will know my body better; I will experience holistic pleasure.

My Relationships: What can you do to support survivors and clients?
Examples: I will support the survivors that I work with in dating online/forming new relationships online; I will uplift diverse experiences of pleasure; I will explicitly incorporate consent into my relationships with clients.

My Organization : What can you do in your agency? What about with your agency’s partners?
Examples: I will look into my agency’s policies surrounding dress codes; my organization will form partnerships and collaborate with organizations in my community who are working on issues related to reproductive justice; my organization will offer space and resources to organizations working on reproductive justice.

Our Larger Community/Society: What will you do to make an impact on your larger community and society?
Examples: I will connect with my legislators/advocate for policies that center reproductive justice (e.g., access to abortion care and contraception, comprehensive sexuality education, access to childcare and paid parental leave, etc.); I will push against heteronormative policies.

Budgeting: A Guide for Small Nonprofit Organizations

Added Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Action Alliance

Budgeting: A Guide for Small Nonprofit Organizations is provided by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  This 8-page document provides an overview of the budget development process, including the role of the budget committee, setting budget priorities and realities, preparation timeline, how to use the budget as a management tool.  Great resource for new directors and financial managers!

Building Consentful Tech zine

Added Monday, February 26, 2018 by Action Alliance

(as originally posted on GutsMagazine.ca on 2/22/2018)

Our data can be so many things: our locations and travel times tracked by Uber, our search and browsing histories on Google, and the words we use frequently in our Facebook posts. Building Consentful Tech prompts tech creators, such as app and platform developers, to reflect on how they can give users more agency and information on how (and whether) they share their personal data.