After the success of the first Survivor-Centered Advocacy Project (SCA1) and the rich findings of each team, Institute staff envisioned a way to take the work to the next stage and develop a way to build on the knowledge that was generated in SCA1 by centering the field research teams’ knowledge and experience, and supporting them to translate their findings into practice aimed at transforming the field. The Blue Shield Foundation was supportive of this endeavor and believed in the profound and moving work accomplished with SCA1 and thus began the next iteration of this work: Innovations in SCA (“SCA2 Project” or “SCA2”).

The goal of the SCA2 project was to intentionally diverge from antiquated and status quo domestic violence program design, which is typically unresponsive to changing conditions and privileges a service provider orientation. Instead, the project aimed to support both processes and outcomes that center survivors and encourage new ways of thinking about some of the most difficult challenges in the field.

Related Resources

Survivor-Centered Advocacy in Culturally Specific Communities: A Community-Based Participatory Research Project, 2019

The Survivor-Centered Advocacy Project was a California-based research justice project that utilized a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. This report illustrates the basic principles of CBPR and makes recommendations for those wishing to do a CBPR project that holds historically marginalized communities at the center; and/or those attempting to align or deepen their practices according to what works for survivors from historically marginalized communities.

Strengthening Our Roots: Listening & Learning from Survivors & Supporters, 2017

By Sikh Family Center
This report, prepared by Sikh Family Center, compiles the qualitative data from 2 focus groups and 3 individual storytelling interviews facilitated by SFC in the Bay Area, California between November 2016 and January 2017. These groups and interviews consisted of survivors of gender-based violence, specifically family violence, as well as community members who regularly work (formally or informally) with survivors of violence.

Power through Partnerships: A CBPR Toolkit for Domestic Violence Researchers

This toolkit is for researchers across disciplines and social locations who are working in academic, policy, community, or practice-based settings. In particular, the toolkit provides support to emerging researchers as they consider whether and how to take a CBPR approach and what it might mean in the context of their professional roles and settings. Domestic violence advocates will also find useful information on the CBPR approach and how it can help answer important questions about your work.

An Exploratory Framework for Community-Led Research to Address Intimate Partner Violence: a Case Study of the Survivor-Centered Advocacy Project, 2018

Susan Ghanbarpour, Ada Palotai, Mimi E. Kim, Aracelia Aguilar, Juana Flores, Amber Hodson, Tara Holcomb, Maria Jimenez, Mallika Kaur, Orchid Pusey, Alvina Rosales, Wendy Schlater & Hyejin Shim

This case study discusses the Survivor-Centered Advocacy Project, a community-based participatory research project that convened anti-violence advocates from culturally specific communities to design and implement research. The project used a unique approach to build grassroots research capacity and center survivors of intimate partner violence from historically marginalized communities. This approach coalesced into the creation of an exploratory Community-Led Research (CLR) framework that incorporated trauma-informed, research justice and language justice principles. The CLR framework responded to community members’ desire to lead, rather than simply participate in, the research process. As a result, five studies were designed and executed by practitioners turned community-based researchers, most of whom had never before engaged in research, except as subjects. The CLR framework integrated the skills and experiences of community-based and external researchers, and led to high levels of engagement, rich data, more equitable research processes and innovative research projects.

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

June 2019

Innovations in Survivor-Centered Advocacy builds off of the learnings and experiences gathered in the first Survivor-Centered Advocacy community-based research projects.
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