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Grow Forward Webinar:

Survivor-Centered Advocacy:  Exploring Principles & Promising Practices

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

10:00am to Noon (Pacific Daylight Time)

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  •  If you’re struggling with your advocacy ideals and shortfalls in how survivors actually experience your agency’s services…
  • If you’ve been stung by the cry of, “Your services feel just as controlling as my abuser!”…
  • If you lay awake at night wondering, “This cannot be the best we can do for survivors and kids, but it’s not humanly possible to do more?!”…

 Then, this is the webinar for you.

 Survivor-centered advocacy principles – such as respect, trust, healing, self-determination, physical and emotional safety, trauma response, cultural competence, and connection –aim to mitigate the harms of abuse and advance liberation. However, the design and delivery of abuse survivor services, such as the physical lay-out of shelters, can get in the way and even counter our best intentions. This gap between intent and impact show up in intrusive intakes, controlling rules, and one-size-fits-all services, as well as disconnection from communities of color and other historically marginalized peoples.

These dynamics cannot be solved with only staff training, funding, or add-on projects. Program design, involving survivors, and “doing different with less” have been successful strategies for many survivor-serving agencies. In this webinar, we will explore these tensions and identify pathways forward. We will touch on promising practices in survivor-centered advocacy, such as: rethinking shelter rules, mobile/Latina advocacy, working with chemically (alcohol/drug) dependent survivors, trauma-informed facility design, and rapid re-housing.


You will learn or deepen knowledge about:

  • Principles of survivor-centered advocacy;
  • Intention vs. impact of common advocacy practices and what we do to “keep survivors safe” (e.g., facility-based DV/SA service model, communal living shelter, client rules, case management approach), with an eye on the experiences of people of color, Native women, and immigrants and refugees;
  • Promising practices in survivor-centered advocacy (brief highlights).


This webinar is geared towards domestic violence and sexual assault community-based service providers and state coalitions.


Judy Chen and Linda Olsen, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV).


Judy Chen, MPA, is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She started doing anti-violence work in 1988. She coordinates the coalition’s leadership and management training program, raises money, and helps steer the ship with three other directors. One of the most fun parts of her job is teaching for WSCADV’s People of Color & Native People’s Leadership Academy and New Directors Learning Network. She was the first executive director of a nonprofit advancing community organizing solutions to gender violence. She is a coaching consultant for the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs.

Linda Olsen, MSW, MA, is the Housing Coordinator at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Linda brings 28 years of experience in executive leadership, shelter management, victim advocacy, government contracts administration, and public policy. She started in rural Kentucky, and now manages the Domestic Violence Housing First initiative, working with Tribal, rural, and urban agencies in Washington State. She has developed emergency shelters (both communal living and scattered site apartments), transitional housing for DV survivors needing drug/alcohol treatment, and a rental assistance program with supportive services.


Transforming Communities:  Technical Assistance, Training, and Resource Center (TC-TAT) is a national technical assistance, training, and resource center that advances new practices, skills, movement building, and policies to prevent violence against women and related forms of abuse, including domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence and gender-based bullying.  Founded in 1997, TC-TAT has delivered multi-cultural technical assistance and training to more than 6,000 individuals and 229 teams of prac­titioners nationally within the VAW field. 

As a technical assistance and training provider for the Office on Violence Against Women, TC-TAT offers organizational development services tailored to the unique needs of OVW grantees, including training and in-depth coaching underway with 23 organizations that completed the Grow Forward: Building Lasting Organizational Capacity for Organizations Ending Violence Against Women intensive institute in July 2013.  This webinar is the first in the series of four that will be offered over the next several months.  Future topics include:

  •  Survivors as Agents of Change: Integrating Former Service Users into Strategies for Community Change
  •  Doing Different With Less: Strategies to Address Reduction in Funding While Moving the Agenda Forward
  •  Redefining our Work to Meet 21st Century Challenges – Competitive Funding, Increased Use of Technology, Cross-sector Collaboration, & more

For more Information Contact Christopher Watson:


This project is supported by Grant No. 2012-TA-AX-K056 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this presentation are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.