Advocacy is fundamental to all aspects of interpersonal violence. Many communities want to significantly change oppressive social conditions for survivors, especially women, girls, and trans and nonbinary femmes. Advocacy is the individual, interpersonal, community, and system-level strategies that stakeholders engage to transform conditions for those who are the most disenfranchised. As its core, advocacy is visionary work. It requires that communities see past current realities and dream about new ways of being. Therefore, determining the future of advocacy is inevitably a question about what needs to be envisioned to radically transform society. How should social conditions change, who needs to be a part of creating change, and what practical steps are needed to get there? What rights have not been actualized for communities who are deeply impacted by interpersonal violence, and what might be seen, felt, and heard when communities are able to fully exercise these rights? The purpose of this chapter is twofold. The first is to provide a brief overview of advocacy in the interpersonal violence movement; and the second is to propose possibilities to engage advocacy that centers survivors with histories of multiple marginalization and disenfranchisement. We will discuss how expanding notions and boundaries of support, meaningfully incorporating intersectionality into practice, and letting communities lead the work contributes to a radical visioning which can guide future advocacy efforts.
- Interpersonal violence
- Intimate partner violence
- Sexual violence
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gill, a.s., Nnawulezi, N. (2021). Future Directions in Advocacy in Response to Interpersonal Violence. In: Geffner, R., White, J.W., Hamberger, L.K., Rosenbaum, A., Vaughan-Eden, V., Vieth, V.I. (eds) Handbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62122-7_98-2
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