Published: October, 2021| BWJP

Taking Back Control - The BWJP Podcast

Taking Back Control is a podcast brought to you by BWJP, the national resource center on civil and criminal justice responses to gender-based violence. Taking Back Control will bring together advocates from across the country to talk about the importance of centering survivor stories in our work.


Episode 1

Organizational Shifts and How to Bring your Whole Self to Work
Welcome to Episode 1 of BWJP Present's Taking Back Control. In this inaugural episode, we talk to BWJP CEO Amy Sanchez about the importance of bringing your full self to the table and the importance of amplifying the voices of marginalized survivors of gender-based-violence.

Episode 2

The Stories that we Tell
In this episode, we talk with BWJP Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Sujata Warrier about the history of the advocacy movement and the importance of using your privilege to lift up others.

Episode 3

Hearing the Authentic Voices of Black Women

Advocates across the country have been doing some amazing work in culturally specific communities. Antonia Drew Vann, Director and Founder of the The Asha Project, has been working with black survivors of domestic violence for over 30 years. In this episode, we dive into the importance of culturally specific services and why the movement needs to hear the authentic voices of black women. 

Episode 4

Centering the Stories of the Hmong Community
In this episode, we talk to Kabzuag Vaj, Co-Executive Director of Freedom, Inc. Kabzuag is a longtime advocate and proud Hmong-American who has spent her life working to build collective power and social change. We talk to her about the intersection of firearms and domestic violence and the different ways in which communities can tell their stories.

Episode 5

Reclaiming Bodily Sovereignity

Centering the stories of Native women and girls are essential because they are disproportionately impacted by intimate partner violence. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Corrine Sanchez of Tewa Women United to dig deeper in what it means to reclaim bodily sovereignty for Native women and girls.

Episode 6

How we can better serve victim-survivors who identify as LGBTQ+

The most predictive indicator of domestic violence is gender. In most cases, a woman is being abused by a man. Most systems operate with the assumption that a woman is being abused by a man. But how do systems treat people who are in same sex relationships?

Episode 7

The Lived Perspectives of Latina Survivors

Rosario de la Torre es Co-directora de apoyo a las familias y participación comunitaria de la organización Esperanza United. Rosario a dedicado su vida profesional a ser intercesora de las mujeres latinas sobrevivientes de violencia de género y a abogar por la comunidad.  A raíz de su labor, Rosario conoce las deficiencias del sistema y sus limitaciones en cuanto a la comunidad latina se refiere.  En este episodio, moderado por Ana Martínez-Mullen de BWJP, Rosario explora la realidad de la comunidad latina y profundiza en cómo el sistema puede servir mejor a las mujeres latinas y sus familias.

Este episodio está grabado en español.

Episode 8

The Loyalty Trap: Black Women, Domestic Violence and Firearms

In the 1980s, Dr. Beth Ritchie coined the concept of "The Trap of Loyalty." The term refers to the immense pressure that black women feel to protect black men even at the expense of their own bodies. In this episode, Alicia Nichols, Deputy Director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms joins Christina Jones to interview Lashonia Thompson-El and Tiffany Garner about the incredible danger that domestic violence and guns are to black women.

Season 2: Episode 1

Using Our Platform to Inform Policy

The best national policy is informed by the real-world experiences of the people who policies affect. BWJP recently responded to the Biden Administration's National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. In this episode, we talk to BWJP CEO Amy Sánchez about our response and why organizations should engage with national policy decisions. 

BWJP's response to the National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality:

White House Strategy:

Season 2: Episode 2

Teens Deserve Protection Too

Teens and young people deserve to be safe from abusive behaviors. Did you know that most jurisdictions have a separate process for teens to receive protection orders? In this episode, we talk with BWJP Attorney-Advisor Sarah Henry about what the National Center on Protective Orders and Full Faith and Credit does to help teens and their families understand the laws around protection orders. 

Find your jurisdiction's law around teens and protection orders:

Season 2: Episode 3

Justice for Survivors Charged with Crimes

The criminalization of survivors of gender-based violence is not new. Survivors end up inside the criminal justice system in so many ways. We talk to Cindene Pezzell, Legal Director of the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, an organization working for criminalized survivors since 1987. We discuss about what we would do if we had a magic wand and could fix how the criminal justice system relates to survivors.

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women: Cindene Pezzell may be reached at:

Season 2: Episode 4

The Impact of IPV on Kids 

When people think about domestic violence, children are often forgotten about, even though millions of children live in homes surrounded by abuse. We at BWJP have a project which focuses on children, domestic violence, custody, child support, and family law. Our interviewee, Ana Martinez-Mullen, directs this project, and we talk with her about the connections between different legal systems and how even people working inside them struggle to make sure children aren’t forgotten about. We make connections, problem solve, and envision a world where children and their parents are thriving after domestic violence.

Two useful tools from BWJP: A summary of SAFeR, our approach to domestic violence decision making:

Our child support palm card: