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Support a Survivor by Listening

Every October, we honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DVAM is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of these issues, share resources, and most importantly, support survivors.

This year, Joyful Heart is honoring DVAM by sharing tools with our community to best support survivors. Each week, we will cover a new topic and invite and encourage you to share these tools with your community, as well as share stories about how to put them into practice.

This week’s tool is: Listen.

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Honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2017

October is around the corner. With the changing season comes another important time of the year: Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or DVAM, is observed every year throughout the month of October. DVAM is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of these issues, share resources, and most importantly, support survivors.

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Keeping Our Healing Practices Survivor-centered

August 3, 2017 | BY Heather Masterton and Monica Martinez | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

Healing from trauma looks different for every survivor. At Joyful Heart, our healing programs are based on honoring each survivor’s journey.

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Our Perspective: Texas Rape Kit Reform Paves Way for Justice for Survivors

July 31, 2017 | BY Camille Beredjick | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

In June 2017, Texas became the first state in the nation to enact all of Joyful Heart’s six legislative pillars of comprehensive rape kit reform. We asked Ilse Knecht, Joyful Heart’s Director of Policy & Advocacy, what this legislative victory means for our work. Watch a video of her conversation with Christine Show, Digital Platforms Manager.

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A Closed Chapter

December 15, 2016 | BY 1in6org | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
My adult self had already processed and come to accept the fact that mother was never going to make amends to me or change. On the other hand, my inner child was sad and upset. My inner child was still hoping that my mother would sit down and talk with me, tell me she loved me, and was sorry for the abuse she both allowed and inflicted on me. Now that will never happen, and my inner child will have a bit more healing to do.
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Redefining Forgiveness

November 17, 2016 | BY 1in6org | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
Many believe it is not necessary to forgive the person who hurt you, in order to heal.
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Reflections on Wednesday Night’s SVU, the Stanford Case, and My Own Pursuit of Justice after Sexual Abuse

October 31, 2016 | BY Maile Zambuto | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
Cases like this—and all that they represent—hit home for me in many ways. They touch me deeply as someone who has been immersed in these issues all of my life, as a survivor working to heal every day from the trauma of sexual violence, and as an advocate for my entire career.
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Three Lessons in the Meaning of Community

October 26, 2016 | BY 1in6org | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
On Wednesday, October 5th, I flew over the beautiful, rugged landscape of western New Mexico, bound for Phoenix.
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Enough.

October 24, 2016 | BY Maile Zambuto | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
ENOUGH to the beliefs and attitudes that misplace blame on survivors, excuse perpetrators, and allow institutions to look the other way.
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#SupportSurvivors DVAM Campaign

October 19, 2016 | BY Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Follow us as we share information about the issue, how to support a survivor, and ways to get involved.
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