OAESV is excited to present the graphic illustrations and resources guides from our 2021 community forums. Recognizing a disconnect between the needs of under-resourced communities and the services being offered, we went to work organizing a space where communities could come and share their lived experiences. These graphic illustrations are a visual representation of what communities reported seeing and needing from service providers and allies. The resource guides serve as an additional training tool to be used in enhancing the way we are communicating and serving under-resourced communities. Please feel free to use these graphics and resources guides as training tools for your staff and your community.
We would like to thank all of the community members and community partners who showed up to advocate on behalf of their families, friends, and themselves. Thank you for trusting OAESV to advocate for you.
If you have any questions or technical assistance needs, please reach out to OAESV’s Manager of Coordinated Community Responses, Nicole Kass Colvin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Forums: Reimagining Anti-Violence in Ohio’s Communities to Increase Equity in Services
OAESV has been conducting community forums around Ohio in an effort to increase the effectiveness and quality of support services that survivors are receiving. We started with communities that are typically marginalized due to oppressive and discriminatory systems and practices, including Ohio’s Deaf and hard of hearing; transgender and gender non-conforming; and rural communities. We invited survivors and advocates from the named communities to participate in short-term, group discussions surrounding their experiences in their communities and with anti-violence services. Below, you’ll find graphic illustrations and resource guides. The graphic illustrations are essentially beautiful, visual notes from those community forums, and the resource guides are the fruit of those discussions. We are grateful to the individuals who joined us for these forums, giving of their energy and time.
Please click to enlarge and download, and use these for informing your advocacy services with anti-oppressive practices.
This project was supported by subgrant No. 2019-WF-VA4-V8919 awarded by the state administering office for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.