VOICES Survivor Group
The VOICES Survivor group of the Family Violence Project (FVP) aims to gather a network of survivors who have experienced various forms of intimate partner violence. Members use their VOICES to advocate, educate, and empower using their lived experiences of strength, hope, and resiliency. As survivors, VOICES members can offer a unique perspective that informs the community response to intimate partner violence and provide input into services for victims and survivors.
VOICES welcomes diverse membership and encourages survivors from all ages, races, religions, sexualities, genders, abilities, and experiences to join. Members should be safe from ongoing violence, have been outside of the violent situation for a minimum of one year, and not currently in court proceedings regarding the violence.
VOICES Membership Opportunities
VOICES recognises a diversity of strengths among members and hopes to engage members in a meaningful way. Below are some of the opportunities that are available through VOICES. As VOICES evolves, more opportunities may be offered, based on the advisement of members.
The role of advocates will be dependent on the direction members wish to take. This could include advocacy to increase funding in local budgets, attending local city council meetings to bring forward concerns, advocating for or against proposed budgets or bills, or any legislative discussions that affect survivors.Join Now
The Family Violence Project is always in need of more survivor stories. On occasion there are requests from other organizations for survivors to come speak at training and events. If comfortable participating, VOICES members can share their own stories for events, fundraisers, or contact local newspapers to discuss the role of VOICES.Join Now
Social Media Support
With the VOICES of survivors being so important, a social media presence could help spread the word of survivors. This role would involve creating and maintaining multiple social media platforms. This would comprise of regular posts, gaining a social media following, and updating the community on upcoming events.Join Now
For those who feel comfortable with written communication, there are opportunities to write blog posts and opinion pieces for local newspapers.Join Now
From time to time VOICES may participate in events with other community agencies. Outreach positions may involve running an information booth, providing handouts and pertinent information to others, recruiting members, and being ambassadors for the group.Join Now
One of VOICES goals is to become a completely survivor led group. To begin there will be guidance and support from the Family Violence Project, and leadership will shift to members. Leadership roles could include the positions of chair, secretary, and treasurer. As the group develops, we will discuss ways to approach leadership and the best fit roles for each member.Join Now