Midwest 2020: Advancing Our Collective Liberation

Advancing Our Collective Liberation

“This was an amazing town hall and I have never been more energized and motivated to be apart of this movement. I loved that you all highlighted the importance of inclusion and intersectionality in this work... We cannot remain silent on the inequities that eventually touch us all... The resilience, beauty, and intelligence shown throughout this town hall was so uplifting!"

– Town Hall Participant

On September 14, 2020, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, in collaboration with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, hosted our first ever National Prevention Town Hall, highlighting innovative social change efforts in the East North Central Region of the United States. 

The event brought together community leaders, survivors, storytellers, advocates, and activists to pivot our intimate partner violence prevention work in response to the inequities that COVID has laid bare.

This page features recommendations and calls to action from each session, a living Q&A document capturing questions posed by participants, session recordings and related materials, and reflections and key takeaways.

Summary & Recommendations

Q&A Document


Session Recordings & Related Materials

Access video recordings for each session below. Click the links for more information and related resources including presentation slides, transcripts, and Twitter highlights.


Reflections & Takeaways

Learn from participants' reflections on key takeaways, gain inspiration from ideas generated on our whiteboard, and explore quotes from presenters and participants alike.

“Every organization represented on this call should take a hard look at how we are contributing to the problem, and this webinar is a great step, but we can’t end here.” – Town Hall Participant

“We need to build an entirely new table with all the communities we want to serve.” – Cecily Johnson, Centering Our Work on Survivors' and Communities' Needs & Leadership by Listening to the Needs of Black Women

“At what point in my history of survivorship did I become irrelevant to the process of prevention?” – Lisa Winchell Caldwell, Integration of Anti-Racism Work, Intervention, and Prevention into One Mission

“What’s important about intersectionality is lifting it off the paper and making it our practice.” – Merkeb Yohannes, Addressing Wage Equity and Economic Justice at All Levels of our Movement

"To ignore racism's effects on our patients' everyday lives, including their reproductive health, is to miss an opportunity to join the fight for racial equality." – Diego Espino, Intersecting Pandemics

“We've put people over deliverables, because that's what prevention is." – Amanda McLain Barratt, Building Trust with Communities: Revisioning Our Work

In the Field

Explore emerging prevention campaigns, projects, and events. Begin here.

Domestic Violence Prevention Timeline

This interactive timeline documents key historical events known to significantly impact or advance the goal of intimate partner violence prevention in the United States, noting intersections with sister social justice movements. The information is complied from several timelines and listings of prevention milestones. Learn More.

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