Experiences of Black Survivors and Exploring the Intersections of Survival Sex and Sex Trafficking
Original webinar date: Friday, June 12, 2020
This webinar will address how to protect and better serve Black survivors of sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation, with a specific focus on Black Trans women. We will address best practices and community engagement strategies when serving the community; how stigma and bias reinforce community and interpersonal violence; how institutional and/or interpersonal violence shows up in our communities; and the differences as well as intersections of sex work, prostitution, and sex trafficking.
Racism, Domestic Violence & Black Maternal Mortality — What Can Advocates Do?
Original webinar date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Over the past year, there has been increased attention on the poor health outcomes and inequities for Black birthing people. At the same time, many Black birthing people have experienced Domestic violence. But how can domestic violence programs help address this crisis? This webinar will help advocates understand the unique and important roles that doulas and midwives can play in supporting Black pregnant survivors, and how domestic violence programs can partner with them effectively. Policy opportunities to increase access and improve the healthcare response to racism, domestic violence and Black maternal mortality will also be discussed.
The Impact and Treatment of PTSD for Black Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence
Original webinar date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The trauma experienced by Black women who are survivors of violence is rooted in a complex web of historical, sociological, and genetic factors. These factors continue to be integrated into their lives today as multiple forms of oppression and violence shape how Black women are perceived, positioned, and treated by service organizations, systems, and institutions. There is overwhelming evidence that shows the correlation between compound, chronic stress and trauma in Black women and girls when it is undiagnosed, untreated, and/or unresolved and the negative consequences for the health and wellbeing of survivors. In 2013, the DMS-5 recognized the impact of chronically unsafe and hostile environments on an individual’s mental health. For survivors of intimate partner violence, their homes, jobs, places of worship, and communities can be unsafe. Additionally, survivors may experience ethnic discrimination and racism just by “being,” which creates additional barriers to help-seeking and safe harbor.