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.

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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