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The Combahee River Collective

Black women have and continue to be leaders in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence.   "We are a collective of Black feminists who have been meeting together since 1974." These words open The Combahee River Collective Statement published in April 1977, one of the earliest documents to define the movement of Black feminism, especially in the context of lesbian identity. The collective's name was inspired by the Combahee River Raid coordinated by Harriet…
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Kimberlé Crenshaw & Intersectionality

Black women have and continue to be leaders in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence.   Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the phrase "intersectionality" in 1989 to describe how race, class, gender, and other individual characteristics “intersect” and overlap. The theory allows deeper understanding of racism and sexism in context of the mission to end intimate partner abuse. For example, how does the intersection of race, gender, and economic oppression contribute to research that finds Black…
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Tarana Burke & the #MeToo Movement

Black women have and continue to be leaders in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence.   Tarana Burke is known as an activist, community organizer, executive, and founder of the "me too" movement. With over 19 million uses on Twitter in one year alone, this hashtag started one of the most notable movements of our time. In a Variety article penned by Burke, she explains, "Everyday people — queer, trans, disabled, men and women — are living in the aftermath of a trauma that…
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Black History Month Series

Black women have and continue to be leaders in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence.   This month, we're learning more about the lives of Black women who built, shaped, and continue to lead the missions to end intimate partner abuse and sexual violence. The series was inspired by an inspirational list created by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Click or tap on the image to open the poster. Read more…
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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice." Today, as we honor and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr, these words written by him decades ago continue to inspire and make meaningful connection to our mission. "I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for…
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This article was published as an Op-ed on Kentucky.com on June 5, 2020. For 30 years I have been a witness to manipulation, gaslighting, physical abuse, murderous threats, strangulation, and sexual violence in the context of intimate partner abuse. I have heard thousands of survivors’ stories about praying and begging for their lives. I understand the challenges of intimate partner abuse and the services to help survivors break free from violence. In the most dangerous…
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Secrets We Keep

By Carol Taylor-Shim, Former Chair/President of our Board of Directors. This is a re-post of an article originally published during our  17 Voices campaign during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 2016. Dear Sister, I’m writing to you because I love you and know you are in pain. I know you are hurting. I know you are unsafe, confused, and feeling alone.  I know the secrets you keep. You see, I know that as women of color…

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