Led by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV), the Just Futures project brings state leaders together to collectively plan the future of our work. Our staff recently returned from a two-day conference, marking the end of a two-year Just Futures strategic planning effort. At the conference we were reminded that relational violence is big, complicated and entrenched in our culture and communities; there are no simple strategies that will place us upstream of violence. We were also introduced to four recommendations our communities can employ to deepen our work:
1. Strategic investment: Fully evaluate how we use our resources and strategically revise our models of practice to more effectively serve individuals, families and communities impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.
2. Trauma-informed approach: Ensure our organizational structures involve understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.
3. Prevention: Increase statewide capacity to stop violence before it has a chance to happen.
4. Leadership and activism: Engage with and support leadership of young people and people in/from marginalized communities whose activism promotes racial, economic and gender equity.
While the Just Futures recommendations do not provide “the answer” to this complex problem, they do offer four paths along which we can boldly move towards safety, health and well-being for all. In this summer's newsletter, we invite you to learn more about how Room One is integrating these four recommendations into our work.
--Adrianne Moore, Prevention Coordinator