Published: May, 2022| BWJP


A Focus on Survivor-Centered Design

Written by Christina Jones, JD edited by Kristine Lizdas, JD and Sujata Warrier, Phd

February, 2022

For decades, systems professionals have been attempting to address the problem of intimate partner violence through the work of Coordinated Community Response (CCRs). The results have been promising for certain types of survivors. Often the needs of groups who are white, cisgender, heterosexual, and not living with a disability have been addressed by CCRs. CCRs and Intimate Partner Violence and Homicide (IPVH) responses have largely ignored the concerns of survivors from various marginalized communities, including communities of color, LGBTQ+,1 and disabled. The oversight has meant that many of the survivor’s face violence in the home have to deal with systems’ responses that do not meet their needs. Systems’ responses can further jeopardize them, may not be culturally responsive and may not be able to prevent homicides. CCRs are designed to bring about changes to the system, and a part of the process of change requires CCRs to continually examine their work and consider ways in which they can focus on marginalized communities.

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