DV SIP Speakers

Hello Prospective Panel Speaker!

We appreciate your interest in becoming a speaker for the 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 and, 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 the DV abuse that to speak about it without intense anger, and doesn't feel unsafe or triggered by sharing the story with offenders.  Also, the speaker should be able to tell the 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.  A speaker should be open to taking and applying feedback from the facilitators in order to make the presentation more effective.

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 us 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.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Please contact Carrie Banks with the Domestic Violence Save Dialogue Program at 503-327-5350 for any questions.