The DVC Hope Advisory Council

Purpose

The Domestic Violence Council (DVC) founded the Hope Advisory Council in 2005. The primary focus of this group is to add perspective and invaluable insight to the DVC. This is a focused advisory group and is not a social support, counseling, or therapeutic group.

Members

Hope members draw from their personal experience of surviving domestic violence and express it to others as they choose. During meetings members are invited to make suggestions about how to improve, or implement specific projects.

Members are given numerous opportunities to volunteer their time, talents, and energy. This may include participating in a variety of activities including assisting with public speaking about domestic violence issues, interviews with media, providing written testimony for articles, serving on panels to educate students, or assisting at the Domestic Violence Council.

Membership Criteria

Membership is open to any survivor of domestic violence regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or economic status. There are no dues. The primary philosophy is that survivors are not re-traumatized in any capacity regardless of their current situation or the length of time that has passed since their traumatic domestic violence event. Hope Advisory Council membership offers opportunities for survivors to speak out about their message of hope and survival to others by utilizing public media, and other outlets.

Meetings

Please contact the DVC at 402.210.2195 or at dvc@dvcomaha.org for meeting times. 

Circle

Intention

Holding sacred space to hear our stories, build our relationships, coalesce around our common purpose, clarify our individual contribution and decide next steps. 

Agreements

We are respectful of each other and practice a non-judgmental stance. We participate with open minds and are willing to learn from each other. We listen to each other with curiosity and attention and speak with honesty and intention. We ask for what we need and offer what we can. We take full responsibility for our own self-care needs. We honor the confidentiality of the group.  

Meetings

Please contact the DVC at 402.210.2195 or at dvc@dvcomaha.org for meeting times.  Open dialogue, suggestions, questions and comments are welcome and encouraged. 


Truth Leadership

The Domestic Violence Council recognizes that intimate partner violence survivor voice needs to be interwoven into all of the work that we do.  For many years, the Hope Advisory Council has been a part of the DVC’s infrastructure in guiding the mission and activities.  Earlier this year, several of the participants of the Council expressed the desire to share their stories of survival and healing in order to enhance system response and improve safety for other victims in the community.  In response, the DVC developed the Truth Leadership, which included a one-day training on how to share one’s story.  Since then, several of the participants of the Leadership have spoken at vigils and trainings. 

The story of personal experience can offer powerful lessons. Recently, two of the Truth Leaders told their story during a criminal justice class at UNO.  Their stories were delivered during a presentation on the basics of intimate partner violence.  At the end, the students were asked to evaluate the entire training—the majority of responses stated that the most important and useful part of the workshop was the survivor story! 

The Leadership provides information and experience on a broad range of topics associated with intimate partner violence:  dual arrest, protection orders, accessing services, support systems, first response, reproductive coercion, childhood domestic violence, staying safe, identification and impact of intimate partner violence, resiliency, and more.

If you or your agency would like to schedule a presentation or speaker please contact us! 

Or, if you are a survivor, we will be offering a training on Truth Leadership in January.  If you would like to tell your story and learn some skills to help with that process, please contact us. 

If you have any questions, or if you would like to join either group please contact the DVC at dvc@dvcomaha.org

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