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How Do Survivors of Domestic Violence Define Success for Themselves: A New Project to Address an Overlooked Question (Webinar)

Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training and Resource Center (TC-TAT) is pleased to co-host a webinar with the Full Frame Initiative (FFI). FFI set out to understand how people who have experienced domestic violence and others in the domestic violence field define success for survivors. FFI conducted 46 workshops with survivors and practitioners in mainstream, culturally specific and underserved communities and 12 interviews with policy makers and funders, across California. The findings call into question some of the most basic assumptions about the domestic violence field. 

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For the more than 150 survivors in this project, success is about connection to family and friends, belonging to something bigger than oneself, and creating value.
Domestic violence is not central to their identity, and success is not achieved through traditionally conceived pathways to safety, such as separation.
Practitioners, in particular, are eager to better align their program success with survivor-defined success and adjust services and activities accordingly.
The findings hold true across all geographies, and in both culturally specific and mainstream communities. 
FFI will present the details and findings of this groundbreaking project, and share recommendations for action to improve systems and services for people who have experienced violence in their relationships.
Anna Melbin has more than twenty years of experience working with non-profit organizations and on state and federal level policy issues. In 2012, she joined FFI as the Director of Network Growth and Strategy, and led the multi-year statewide project in CA documenting how different stakeholders understand success for domestic violence survivors. Prior to joining FFI, she was the Housing Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. She holds a M.S.W and a M.P.P from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.