the assessment

At the end of 2022, we set out to learn more about the experiences of current and former anti-violence workers. We knew what we had each individually been through, and stories we had heard across the country, but were eager for data to support what we knew to be true. So we asked advocates, prevention educators, and other anti-violence staff to complete an anonymous assessment developed by our team. 

The assessment aimed to answer two key questions:

  1. What are the primary challenges advocates experience while working in the anti-violence field?
  2. What changes can anti-violence agencies make to support advocates & survivors, and improve systems?

We circulated the survey on social media and emailed our networks, hoping for around 50 responses. We got over 5 times that at 265 responses from 33 US States and Territories. If you’re curious, you can learn more about the workers who completed the assessment here.

Many advocates expressed deep gratitude for this survey. One Advocate from Illinois shared, “I am glad there is finally a more formal report that is being created for anti violence advocates and workers. So many people feel unheard and leave the anti violence field as resentful and jaded. Although organizations talk about self care and burnout often, it is harder to advocate to leadership without concrete data, research, and evidence from recent years.”

Key Findings

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