DV SIP Speakers
Hello Prospective Panel Speaker!
I appreciate your interest in becoming a speaker for our Domestic Violence Survivor Impact Panel (DV SIP).
Our current speakers consistently comment that speaking on the Panel helps them feel empowered and heal from their past experiences. Their service and candor is much appreciated and offenders who attend the presentations frequently report that the survivor stories help them understand the harm they've caused their own victims.
We're hoping to grow our group of partner survivors and also to add adult speakers who experienced domestic violence in their childhoods.
At this time, our panel presents to offenders of domestic violence but we hope to add a panel that victims can safely attend; a survivor-to-survivor panel. Occasionally, panelists are invited to speak at other events such as university classes or professional trainings.
The ideal speaker has had a chance to do her own healing work through counseling or other avenues, is far enough away from her DV experience that she can speak about it without intense anger, and doesn't feel unsafe or triggered by sharing her story with offenders. Also, the speaker should be able to tell her story in a way that evokes empathy from the audience rather than defensiveness, so we've developed some guidelines on how to do this most effectively.
If you are interested in becoming a speaker, please read our PDF Speaker Packet which gives more detailed information about our process. You are also welcome to contact me with any questions you may have or if you'd like to observe a panel to see if this is something you'd like to do. I look forward to hearing from you!