Centering Survivor Dignity: Applying the Wisdom of Social Movements to Address Health Needs


Title: Centering Survivor Dignity:  Applying the Wisdom of Social Movements to Address Health Needs

Last Tuesdays with the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence

March-June 2024



March 26th, 2024
April 30th, 2024
May 28th, 2024
June 25th, 2024


All sessions will take place at 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET (60 mins)


Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided for all sessions–session 1 on March 26th will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation. Please note any additional accommodatations needed in the registration form.


In recent years health and social service programs have prioritized addressing social needs– such as personal safety, housing, food and income– as a strategy to promote health and well-being. In addition to domestic violence advocacy services, survivors often seek resources to meet other social needs. In this 4-part webinar series, we will learn from programs implementing strategies that promote economic justice, housing stability, food sovereignty, and harm reduction. Presenters will share their insights, experiences, and tools for addressing these issues on the ground and through policy-level strategies, with a focus on building more inclusive, equitable, and safe communities.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this series, participants will be better able to: 

  • Describe the importance of meeting the social needs of survivors as one strategy to center dignity
  • Name individual, community and policy-level strategies that are working to improve health and wellbeing for survivors
  • Consider the needs of their own programs to implement or support similar projects



Webinar 1: Food Sovereignty for Farmworkers

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Description: For decades, farmworker women, or campesinas, have been the backbone of California’s agriculture. Due to immigration status, lack of formal education, and abusive work conditions, campesinas have been susceptible to violence in the fields and in their homes. Lideres Campesinas has led a dynamic movement dedicated to advocating for the needs of farmworker survivors and communities by organizing to create healthier working conditions, safer environments, and engaged women leaders. This webinar will highlight some of the on-the-ground, hands in the earth, work that Lideres Campesinas does to organize survivors of violence, support healing both the earth and interpersonal trauma through ancestral gardening techniques and farmworker-owned land projects, and connect the struggle for environmental justice and food sovereignty to anti-violence work.



Webinar 2: Harm Reduction for Survivors

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Description: The overdose epidemic affects survivors and their loved ones in many different ways. We’ll discuss how domestic violence programs can advocate for survivors who use drugs by investing in harm reduction and fighting against stigma, and explore the bigger picture of how the overdose epidemic impacts survivors of domestic violence.



Webinar 3: Economic Justice for Immigrant Survivors

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Description: Economic justice is vital for all survivors, and immigrant survivors also face rapidly growing anti-immigrant policies, as well as additional obstacles such as language barriers, immigration status, and lack of access to traditional support networks. Investment in resources including employment, housing, and financial assistance is essential. This session features insights on guaranteed income programs for immigrant survivors and an innovative culinary workforce training rooted in cultural storytelling.



Webinar 4: Housing Justice for Indigenous Survivors

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Description: Historical and systemic injustices have led to housing instability and homelessness among Indigenous communities. Providing safe and culturally appropriate housing options ensures that survivors have the support and resources they need to heal and rebuild their lives free from violence, while also acknowledging and respecting their unique cultural identities and connections to land and community. We’ll hear from two Indigenous housing justice programs as they share their approaches to empowering survivors and creating safer spaces within their communities.



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