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LOVE Project

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The LOVE (Leadership of Voices of Experience) Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office on Violence Against Women, will enhance victim service providers’ ability to support survivors of gender-based violence and incarceration, including partnering with survivors interested in honing and formalizing advocacy skills as leaders for social and economic justice.

PROJECT DETAILS

The LOVE project is a collaborative effort between National Crittenton, the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and the Young Women’s Freedom Center, and a core group of subject matter experts who are also survivors of incarceration and gender-based violence. The LOVE Subject Matter Experts held multiple listening sessions with survivors of incarceration and gender-based violence, and with victim service providers, to learn more service and advocacy needs and barriers to inform the development of the advocacy curriculum.

The LOVE project will:

  • Engage survivors of gender-based violence and incarceration to develop and facilitate an advocacy training curriculum that centers the needs and experiences of women and gender-expansive people who have experienced gender-bias and violence in and outside of the criminal legal system. 
  • Provide resources for victim service providers to adapt programming to better support survivors of incarceration and gender-based violence, including training to support advocacy skills development for survivor clients.
  • Promote public awareness about the high rates at which women who are directly impacted by the criminal legal system experience sexual violence and the importance of establishing services that respond to their needs and experiences.

Project Partners

National Black Women's Justice Institute, Young Women's Freedom Center, Office on Violence Against Women, and The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (from 2018 to 2020), and a core group of subject matter experts who are also survivors of incarceration and gender-based violence.

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