FCADV conducts the Annual Survivor Listening Project to hear firsthand about current survivor experiences throughout Florida. This project was instituted to ensure the voices of survivors continue to guide programmatic standards and to inform the coalition’s support and prevention efforts. FCADV conducts listening groups with domestic violence survivors statewide to obtain feedback about their most pressing needs, concerns regarding systemic response, and to learn what currently works. Survivor feedback informs FCADV’s planning for the creation of programming and policy priorities for the upcoming year.
In addition, FCADV and its statewide stakeholders periodically convene to identify current trends within systems that require a particular focus in order to enhance the safety of domestic violence survivors and their children. FCADV partners with the appropriate entities to create cutting edge programming and policy development to address the needs identified by survivors and partnering agencies. A myriad of issues are discussed including: local system barriers that limit access to services; cultural and linguistically specific needs; and quality of services received.
The voices of more than 400 domestic violence survivors, representing all ages in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the state have been heard so far. The coalition continues to conduct the Survivor Listening Project to keep survivors’ voices at the forefront of our work in Florida.