Domestic Violence Prevention
Sing Loudly With A Strong Voice!
Opens doors of understanding violence against women, offer pathways toward hope
Ancient tales of women triumphing over violence have been passed down through the ages that parallel our current day issues of violence. Most women's lives have been touched by physical, sexual, or emotional abuse - and the need for healing runs deep. Sharing these tales can offer messages of hope (you are not alone!) and even directives of possible solutions for our future. Through folktales, myths and legends, song, and poetry, we will safely navigate this terrain and emerge with potent tales that will support us in our journeys and that can be shared with other women as well. Imagination, once awakened, opens avenues of choice for persons at risk who face fear and isolation as they discover safe ways to work through the challenges of their own life journey. By identifying metaphorically with another's story, listeners participate in their own healing process. Women often share that they leave this workshop feeling inspired to tell these stories themselves and spread the word of hope for a different future for all of us - men and women alike.
And They Lived Happily Ever After:
Telling the story of domestic violence, offering alternatives
Stories and activities build understanding, offer avenues of choice and illustrate safe methods for working with this challenging topic. Folk-tales to educate and inform are interwoven with personal stories of the women, teens and families. Allison Cox will share important information for prevention and intervention of Domestic Violence (DV). Drawing upon her work in this field as a therapist, social worker, health educator and prevention specialist, Allison Cox brings a woman's perspective and a storyteller's experience of telling tales about domestic violence in schools, shelters, concerts, universities, businesses, workshops, churches... wherever people gather to envision a world without violence & to take steps to make this dream a reality. Stories and activities will illustrate how to build understanding, offer avenues of choice and illustrate safe methods for working with this challenging topic. When working with the general public, storytellers can build understanding toward aiding victims and ending abuse in their community. Those who work in shelters can bring stories and activities that offer safe methods for their listener's as they work through the challenges of their life journey. By identifying metaphorically with another's story, listeners participate in their own healing process. Cox will share her experiences of working with families and communities toward establishing a support system and ending the fear and isolation. It is her hope that more storytellers will carry these tales to audiences that so desperately need to hear them.
Who should attend:
Public Health statistics tell us that in any general audience, the odds are that there will be listeners who are struggling with domestic violence in their lives as well as those who have survived this trauma. Any storytellers, teachers, health professionals, clergy, or social activist that wants to bring this issue to light, offer hope to survivors and create understanding among the community will find some tools for this story work at this workshop. Tellers of varied experience will discover approaches to this topic for audiences of all ages. A four-page syllabus is available for this session covering main points and multiple resources for more information and stories.