Domestic violence victims “struggle” during October is greater than what you may think
By Alexis Moore
Sept. 28, 2011
Survivors In Action founder, Alexis Moore, and SIA VP, Randi Rosen , spearheaded the movement known as DV Reform domestic violence victim resource and public policy reform after Lynn Rosenthal was elected White House Advisor for Violence Against Women in 2009….
…Victims signed on in support from across the United States, over ten thousand of them. Support came from victims and those that love, serve and support them, signing an online petition created by Rosen in 2009 utilizing Facebook. There was no publicity other than our normal blogging efforts, but the petition took off and so did the response from victims. Tens of thousands responded to the Women’s Legal Resource and Survivors In Action pledge to ensure DV Reform was more than talking points at a lecture hall or some other wise cracked pr campaign coming from any public official or DV agency.
Today, there is good and bad news.
Bad news first. Victims are still being left behind by the domestic violence victim service providers including DV hotlines, shelters, court advocates, crime victim compensation and the national, state and local domestic violence agencies. Second, Domestic Violence Awareness month is more of a propaganda campaign run today by PR firms that are employed by the DV Establishment than anything else, and the victims voices and concerns are not being revealed, which is frustrating to millions of victims who know the real truth. Survival is far from what is revealed by any publicity stunt during the month of October.
The good news is that finally, thanks to the net and lots of determination by volunteers across the nation, the movement has grown coast to coast and is now being supported by other agencies and advocates including Maria DiBari, an abuse survivor in New York, who is the executive director of the Tri-County Crisis Center, a non-profit that serves ALL victims of domestic violence regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation or the batterer’s occupation. More good news for 2011, DiBari was successful in getting the nation’s first DV Reform Act introduced in NY and has done an amazing job advocating for victims of domestic violence coast to coast who are being left behind even while working full time and taking lots of criticism from the many domestic violence agencies and advocates in her local area.
Contrary to what one would believe, there is more to the story and victims are eager to have their voices heard and, most important, to have their needs met by the agencies that are claiming to be domestic violence victim service providers and public policy is falling short and not meeting the needs of victims in the 21st century either.
More good news, we know what the problems are and there are solutions. The lack of accountability measures in place, lack of oversight of the DV victim service providers and funding not being allocated to the programs and services needed by victims such as pro-bono lawyers are all problems that can be rectified but this requires effort and action to be taken by agencies that do not want to change and who all to eagerly prefer the status-quo.
Rather than believe that victims needs are met because a banner or advertisement says so, Survivors In Action encourages our public leaders as well as the average American to take a closer look….
…Survivors In Action has evidence of the failures of the system and SIA also has solutions that are within reach but not without the support of those who hold the purse strings and call the shots at the national, state and local domestic violence agencies…
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