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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