Inclusivity, Accessibility, and Partnerships

Best Practices to Meet Survivors’ Needs

A critical purpose of FVPSA-funded programs is to establish, maintain and expand local, community-based family violence prevention and intervention programs that meet the needs of all victims and their dependents, including those from underserved or historically marginalized communities. Building upon the history and accomplishments of the movement to end domestic violence, dedicated advocates and organizations must continue to identify new, innovative ways of providing victim-centered, empowerment based services, and be open to transforming existing strategies and approaches.   

FVPSA grantees share a desire to provide inclusive and accessible services, but often struggle with what this looks like in practice, where to start, or what to do when challenges arise. Programs need examples of policies and practices that respond to specific and systemic barriers that survivors encounter; models of inclusive and culturally relevant programming and advocacy; and strategies for building meaningful partnerships across communities and professional fields.    

The resources and tools collected here are intended to serve as practical, ready-to-use ways to improve organizational climate and culture, build program capacity, and strengthen advocates’ knowledge and skills – all with the goal of creating sustainable cultural shifts in the provision of victim-centered advocacy that ensures meaningful access to safety, services, and support for all victims.   


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