Girls Who Lead

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

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According to the 2010-2012 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nationally, 45% of Black women experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The same survey found that 40% of Black men experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/ or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Smith et. al, 2017

Please watch the following videos. Reflect on key information shared in the video and statements that resonated with you or someone you know. Did you experience an “aha moment?”, or a moment where you understood where the speaker was coming from because it resembled your own experience? Why? Discuss what you can do to make a difference in how you perceive information and messages from others. Discuss steps you may take to support mentees who may share a similar experience.


This Workshop

This workshop offers basic understanding on IPV and teaches participants the identify warning signs. Moreover, why it is crucial to learn about those sign, and different stages across the lifespan. The facilitator will encourage group members to participate in the activities where they can explore more about the kinds of IPV. For example, it can be dating violence, dowry abuse, and/or marital rape.

This workshop will also emphasize on why group therapy is likely most practical in order to address IPV. Since IPV is gendered and interconnected with other common issues such as, employment, lack of autonomy/independence, past trauma, and addiction. To promote independence, the facilitator might use an anti-oppression approach in conjunction with a strength-based approach to identified the gender nature of oppression and develop the skills and resiliency required to overcome such barriers.

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