Part 1: Strengthening the Role of Rural Advocates to Enhance System Responses to Domestic Violence
Community-based advocates in rural communities play a number of crucial roles in addressing responses to violence against women. Frequently the only source of confidential advocacy for survivors, they work cooperatively with law enforcement and government-based advocates (victim/witness advocates, etc.) to improve outcomes in individual cases. Despite resistance and obstacles, they are uniquely tied to the direct experiences of survivors in their community and play a pivotal role in identifying gaps and developing solutions for improving system responses for all victims. This session will discuss the foundations of community-based advocacy involvement in systems reform efforts, including the core practices of advocacy-initiated response, tracking institutional response concerns, and monitoring case outcomes.
Please note that this is the first part in a three part series titled, Enhancing Rural Responses to Domestic Violence: Core Tools in Advocacy and Coordinated Community Responses.
Associated Guest Speakers: Rose Thelen, Praxis Technical Assistance Partner