war + group violence
abuse + neglect
a solvable problem
violence takes many forms,
healing does too
When lives are interrupted by the traumatic effects of intimate violence, survivors deserve support. Support from our friends and family, support from law makers and health care providers, support from spiritual leaders and trusted confidants, counselors and healers. Just like our unique experiences as survivors are varied and vast, so are our subsequent needs and healing journeys.
Crisis intervention accomplishes the work of only the first stage of recovery. The tasks of the later stages require a more prolonged course of time. Though the survivor may make a rapid and dramatic return to the appearance of normal functioning, this symptomatic stabilization should not be mistaken for full recovery, for the integration of the trauma has not been accomplished.
- Judith Herman, M. D., Trauma and Recovery
long term solutions for long term repercussions
The services currently available to survivors are invaluable, necessary and powerful. From crisis lines to first responders, legal advisors and local agencies, there are people here to help.
But as time goes on the landscape of available resources and support systems begins to dwindle. Some victims will be deterred by the nature of these resources, feeling that they will lose their voice in the process of involving others. Many victims will fall through the accessibility crack, never finding their way to these resources to begin with. And while most services seek to address the immediate violation and it's effects, they aren't always oriented to the long term repercussions of intimate trauma.
We know that sexual assault is the most under reported and under prosecuted of all violent crimes. The boundaries to disclosure, report and seek support abound, exposing the most high risk populations of victims to the least access.
The public discourse about intimate violence isn't always as informed as it could be. For a victim, this can mean being re-traumatized as they share their experience with the people in their lives and communities.
here to do
In order to facilitate healing, we need solutions that recognize and understand the dynamic nature of intimate trauma, and repair the violations that occur in each sphere of our lives. From deep, internal personal work to our community’s acknowledgement and validation of the harm done to us, we need wholistic thinking and systemic solutions about this winding road of recovery.
Through survivor informed and led community conversations, we reimagine healing and justice and transform our conditioned and cultural responses to sexual violence and intimate harm.
Our learning and healing framework centers survivor wisdom, cultivates community connection and drives policy change through community collaboration. Our restorative conversations are designed to repair harm and address the systemic injustices and inequities that exist in our criminal legal system and beyond.
research & ADVocacy
We need access to dynamic resources and programming developed in collaboration with survivors based on data, science, ancient wisdom and the voices of all people. Showing up isn't always an option, so we need to offer the ability to log on as well.
education & ALLYSHIP
We need more trauma sensitive research for data driven policy making, focused on the root causes of violence with a goal of lowering the numbers of assault and reducing the rate of recidivism.
We need better education around trauma, and the repercussions - what it does not just to our bodies, but to our hearts, minds, relationships and communities - so that we as a culture can address this disparity and greet new survivors with compassion and care, understanding and support.
We learn in community.
We heal in the presence of others.
HC is a growing collective of survivors designing innovative survivor-centered, informed and led restorative approaches and alternatives to the criminal legal system.
We aim to address these needs,
to approach the problem from every angle,
and to fill in the holes that the current system leaves behind.
Because survivors deserve more.
They deserve to heal.
They deserve to thrive.