The Voices and Experiences of Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Lessons to Advance Global Efforts to End Gender-Based Violence (傾聽家暴陰影下小大人的聲音:促進全球努力終結性別暴力)

11/06/2019 - 13:45 to 11/06/2019 - 15:15
Proposal(Workshop / Presentation)
Coordinating organization: 
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
New Methods in Shelter Management and Social Work
Organization Name: 
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (國家性別暴力資源中心)
Organization Introduction: 
NRCDV’s mission is to strengthen and transform efforts to end domestic violence. Through its key initiatives and special projects, NRCDV works to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. Our comprehensive technical assistance, training and resource development are a few examples of the many ways in which NRCDV broadly serves those dedicated to ending domestic violence in relationships and communities.
Proposer: iortiz
Describe your workshop/presentation (300-500 words): 
The movement to end domestic violence was created by and centered on survivors, guided by their self-identified needs and experiences. Those who experienced domestic violence as children bring unique and important perspectives, priorities, and insights that can inform and enhance our practice, policy, and research, and challenge us to shift our paradigm. The narratives of adult children exposed to domestic violence (ACE-DV) inspire us to explore assets and strengths, shift from deficit to growth, and promote healing and resilience. Their stories bring critical perspectives to the complexity of survivors’ choices, the humanity of those who use violence, the power of loving community, the ways in which our trauma experiences shape us, and the possibility of accountability and change.

However, input gathered from ACE-DV identified advocates in the movement to end domestic violence revealed that they do not feel supported in bringing their multiple identities to their work. When asked where support was needed to increase their storytelling capacity, they asked for validation “that my story is worth telling and being heard, and that it is instrumental for the work of the movement.” Survivors feel pressured to choose between their advocate and survivor identities and to make the case for the value of their personal experiences within our own movement.

For 6 years, the Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum has offered a unique space to amplify the voices and experiences of those who identify as ACE-DV, led by a steering committee of 12 advocates across the United States who hold this dual identity and leverage their trauma experiences to further the work of our movement. This project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in the US has fostered a community of nearly 1,000 individuals sharing this common experience as survivors and advocates and created a Speakers Bureau of 15 engaged members who wish to share their stories publicly. The ACE-DV Speakers Initiative is an important strategy of the project, designed to build the capacity of adult survivors of children’s exposure to impact change through storytelling.

The ACE-DV project intentionally centers an intersectional approach. It values the perspectives that our layered identities and complex experiences bring, and encourages and supports survivors of trauma and oppression in bringing their whole selves to this work.

This workshop will draw on the collective themes and lessons learned through the ACE-DV Leadership Forum as they inform the direction of our services, research, policy, and systems advocacy. Presenters will share the 6 core beliefs of the ACE-DV Leadership Forum and how they challenge us to reframe our work together moving forward. Participants will explore gaps and opportunities in responding to the needs of children impacted by domestic violence across the lifespan, and learn concrete strategies to strengthen their programs and enhance their daily practice. Capacity-building resources and tools for survivors, advocates, and survivor/advocates who wish to integrate their identities and experiences and tell their own stories will be shared.
All Speakers:
Casey Keene
Casey Keene has served at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) since 2001, where she provides programmatic leadership and oversight to the technical assistance, training, and resource development initiatives of the Programs & Prevention Team on a broad range of topics related to gender based violence. Casey provides leadership to key initiatives including VAWnet and PreventIPV. Specializing in issues related to children’s exposure to domestic violence, Casey leads the Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum and provides national level technical assistance and training on childhood trauma and resilience. Casey is a Licensed Social Worker who has been active in the movement to end domestic violence for nearly 20 years.