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Anti-Racism as Violence Prevention

These videos and discussion guides are intended to be used by domestic and sexual violence advocates and activists to spark conversations on the ways that racism and oppression have shaped our anti-violence movements and how we can dismantle racism in our organizations and communities. In these videos, you will hear from advocates and organizers who discuss their own experiences, perceptions, and journeys of practicing anti-racism as a means of ending gender-based and intimate violence. We invite you to view these videos with an open heart, on your own or with others.

  • For White people watching these videos, it is beneficial and important to sit with any feelings of discomfort, listen to feelings, stories, and perspectives of people of color, and move towards repair, action and accountability

Video Series: Voices from Our Movement: a 3-part video series on ending racism and oppression as the heart of our anti-violence movement

Video 1: Connecting the Dots: Racism, Oppression, and Work to End Domestic, Sexual, and Intimate Violence password: FWV

Video 2: Racism in the Anti-Violence Movement: Impacts on Survivors, Advocates, and Communities password: FWV

Video 3: Transformation is Now: Toward an Integrated, Intersectional Movement password: FWV

***Sample Discussion Questions and Facilitator Tips coming soon***

Many thanks to the following people who contributed their time, expertise, and stories to these videos! Vanessa Timmons – Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; Pablo Espinoza & Lidia Salazar – Community United Against Violence (CUAV), Amita Swadhin – Mirror Memoirs, Kelly Miller – Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Orchid Pusey – Asian Women’s Shelter, Jose Juan Lara Jr. – Casa de Esperanza/National Latin@ Network, María Limón – University of Colorado, Denver, Zoe Flowers – Women of Color Network, Lisa Fujie Parks – Prevention Institute, Debra Ward – YWCA of San Gabriel Valley, and Amina White – University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

If you have questions about these videos and accompanying materials please contact Kate Vander Tuig at kvandertuig@futureswithoutviolence.org.

The following list is a limited collection of resources to support your anti-racism/oppression work and goals for liberation suggested by the developers and participants of these videos that closely match the themes discussed. For an expansive list of tools and resources visit racialequitytools.org.

Understanding racism, White supremacy, and oppression

MTV Decoded “A weekly series on MTV News tackling race, pop culture, and other uncomfortable things, in funny and thought-provoking ways. Half sketch comedy, half vlog.”

The Urgency of Intersectionality TED Talk from Kimberlé Crenshaw Civil rights advocate

Cracking the Codes: The system of racial inequity film series from World Trust “This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes, and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.”

Information about White supremacy, privilege, and White feminism from Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Race: The Power of an Illusion “The three-part documentary series asks a question so basic it’s rarely raised: What is this thing called ‘race’? What we discovered was that many of our conventional assumptions about race—for instance, that the world’s peoples can be divided biologically along racial lines—are wrong.”

Intimate violence*, racism, and oppression in the context of the United States 

Black Women’s Blueprint Training on Intergenerational Trauma and Colonization on Communities of Color: A Context for Understanding Sexual Assault and Other Violence in Communities of Color 

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie “A timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement…in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, it documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we devote to achieving it.”

Sasha Center’s Black Women’s Triangulation of Rape graphic

Criminalizing Survival Toolkit and Curricula from Survived and Punished focused on the intersections between racialized gender-based violence and criminalization.

How can we prevent child sexual abuse without incorporating systemic violence as a causal factor? “Irene Strong Oak Lefebvre from Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition explains how historical trauma is the root cause of childhood sexual abuse, resulted by structural racism and oppression. The workshop also addresses the role and significance of community organizing as a prevention strategy by collaborating with anti-racist and environmental community groups.” At the 2016 National Sexual Assault Conference.

Individual anti-racism work/White allyship

What is allyship? Why can’t I be an ally? Blog post from PeerNetBC

Layla F. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy Workbook for people who have White privilege 

CPR The Racial Microaggressions Reparative Response Model

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. This book “offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word.”

Move To End Violence Six-week Racial Equity and Liberation Virtual Learning Series and all of Move To End Violence’s resources for liberation and equity.

Working against racism in our organizations and anti-violence movement

Toolkit for Interrupting Oppression  from the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence OCADSV 

Centering Survivor Leadership at the Intersections of Oppression: A Comprehensive Approach to Ending Intimate Violence This webinar, featuring Amita Swadhin, explores intersectional and anti-oppression approaches to ending intimate violence and emphasizes the importance of including children and young people in this work.

Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector Report This report reveals that women of color encounter systemic obstacles to their advancement over and above the barriers faced by white women and men of color.  

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s guidance on a voluntary services shelter model and reducing rules that reduce survivor self-determination. 

Racial Equity Readiness Assessment for Workforce Development from Race Forward “Designed as a guide for workforce development organizations and practitioners to evaluate their programs, operations, and culture in order to identify strength areas and growth opportunities. Practitioners can use this toolkit to familiarize themselves with various practices and policies that support institutional racial equity, evaluate their current efforts, and plan action steps.”

Information on operationalizing race equity, which includes training on how to “normalize conversations about race and race equity” from the Racial Equity Alliance.

Crossroads Ministry’s Continuum on Becoming an Anti Racist Multicultural Organization

Center for Social Inclusion’s Talking About Race Toolkit

CityMatCH’s Conversations that Matter: Guide for Hosting Discussions about Race, Racism and Public Health

Working against racism in our communities and systems

Women of Color Network publications “provide background, a scope of the problem, and offer targeted recommendations for advocates, agencies, and policymakers to resolve common challenges facing Women of Color.”

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Webinar Series: Prevention Through Liberation  and Prevention Through Liberation projects

PreventConnect webinars from the Just Beginnings Collaborative on survivor lead prevention efforts of child sexual abuse and sexual violence more broadly.

Community United Against Violence blog for stories and perspectives on organizing around the issues that affect survivors of color.

A Health Equity and Multisector Approach to Preventing Domestic Violence The Prevention Institute offers research, analysis, and frameworks to understand the factors in the community environment that support safe relationships and a reduction in domestic violence (DV).

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation: An implementation guidebook “The TRHT approach examines how the belief system became embedded in our society, both its culture and structures, and then works with communities to design and implement effective actions that will permanently uproot it. The TRHT will marshal individual, local, public and private resources to dismantle systemic, structurally-based patterns of discrimination at the municipal, county, state and federal levels.”

Health Equity: Why lead with race from HealthEquityGuide.org of Human Impact Partners

Exploring solutions to violence outside of the criminal legal system

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women End Mass Incarceration Webinar Series

Information about transformative justice from the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective 

Expanding our Frame: Deepening our Demands for Safety and Healing for Black Survivors of Sexual Violence A policy brief by Andrea J. Ritchie for the National Black Women’s Justice Institute

Building Accountable Communities Video Series “Accountability is a familiar buzz-word in contemporary social movements, but what does it mean? How do we work toward it? In this series of four short videos, anti-violence activists Kiyomi Fujikawa and Shannon Perez-Darby ask and explore: What does it look like to be accountable to survivors without exiling or disposing of those who do harm?”

Queering Sexual Violence “Often pushed to the margins, queer, transgender and gender non-conforming survivors have been organizing in anti-violence work since the birth of the movement…Moving beyond dominant narratives and the traditional “violence against women” framework, the book is multi-gendered, multi-racial and multi-layered.”

Organizing Resources from INCITE! on community accountability, violence from law enforcement, and more.

Decriminalizing Domestic Violence by Leigh Goodmark asks the crucial, yet often overlooked, question of why and how the criminal legal system became the primary response to intimate partner violence in the United States…It examines how social, legal, and financial resources are diverted into a criminal legal apparatus that is often unable to deliver justice or safety to victims or to prevent intimate partner violence in the first place.”

Moving towards liberation

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Webinar Series: Prevention Through Liberation  and Prevention Through Liberation projects

Move To End Violence Six-week Racial Equity and Liberation Virtual Learning Series and all of Move To End Violence’s resources for liberation and equity.

Healing Justice Podcast “An audio project to democratize access to inspiring stories, leaders, and practices to support our liberation.”

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown “radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book teaches us to map, assess, and learn from the swirling structures around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen”

*“Intimate violence”, an umbrella term coined by Amita Swadhin, referenced in this video series and accompanying materials, refers to the continuum of intimate forms violence that people experience throughout their lives such as child sexual abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence, family violence, relationship abuse, dating violence, elder abuse, and other forms of gender-based violence.