Building Strategy & Organizing To End Abuse in LGBTQ Communities

GayLoveV1 - Northwest Network

On February 21 to 23, Lily Krutel, Volunteer Coordinator, Paola Souto, Latina Program Manager, and Jill Zawisza, Executive Director, attended the 11th annual Q&A for Advocates National Training, organized by the Northwest network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse (NW Network) in Seattle, Washington. The NW Network works to end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in their communities and across the country. During the training, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. representatives were able to engage in anti-violence analysis, strategies, and practices to better serve LGBTQ survivors and communities.

Some of the sessions of the conference focused on understanding domestic violence through an anti-oppression lens, encouraging self-determination and survivor-centered safety planning, legal issues for LGBTQ survivors, and community engagement. For the first time, the NW Network offered a day-long summit on sex-positive advocacy, aiming to create individual skills and organizational capacity.

It was a very interactive and intense training, and Lily, Jill, and Paola brought back new ideas, skills, and practical tools they hope to adapt to W.O.M.A.N., Inc., increasing the meaningful support we offer to LGBTQ survivors. This 3-day conference has already proven to be beneficial to our day-to-day work and helpful as our programs evolve.

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