EMERJ-SafeNow understands that the underlying cause of violence is oppression. To truly end violence we must address the dynamics of oppression and privilege which often lead to violence being perpetuated through silence, denial and normalization. EMERJ-SafeNow recognizes that many societal practices sustain systemic oppression, which is why we strive to make intentional and recognizable changes in our practices and services inorder to prioritize social justice and intitate change at a personal, community and societal level.
Building an authentic relationship with the community is a crucial component of our work. Our approach to preventing violence and initiating change is aligned withRelational Cultural Theory (RCT) a model for growth and change that aims to build empathic and authentic relationships. We believe that strengthening community resiliency, while simultaneously building individual awareness, advocacy skills and confidence, can help communities heal, reduce and prevent violence.
EMERJ-SafeNow believes in the importance of creating safe spaces for communities to heal and hold space for each other while learning personal safety skills. We emphasize self-care as prevention and protection and understand the impact that violence may have on a person and a community’s well being.
EMERJ-SafeNow is located in Portland, Oregon.
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