BENEFITING: Dominican Womens Devel Center
ORGANIZER: Dominican Womens Devel Center
Nuevo Amanecer/New Dawn assists DV Survivors in gaining control and making informed decisions about their lives. This facilitation of a safe space has provided countless survivors the ability to pursue a life free of violence, ultimately envisioning a “new dawn” for themselves. Our program has witnessed this genuine and powerful transformation: transformations that impact and reactivate our energy in the constant fight against gender violence; transformations so powerful that they will impact our participants’ future intimate partner relationships, families, and communities. Being able to call oneself a survivor of intimate partner violence requires an investment of time and energy to begin the complicated journey, especially when there is an overall lack of emotional, material, and economic resources available. This is the reason why Nuevo Amanecer/New Dawn offers a unique initiative: our Leadership and Empowerment Training. Upon graduating from the structured course, our participants, now peer advocates, facilitate support groups for other survivors and conduct workshops on intimate partner violence. By providing participants with the opportunity to transform their suffering into an empowering experience, they are able to become leaders in their own community.