What is Brave Woman?


Brave Woman is a grassroots movement to shift personal and public perception of women facing domestic violence situations and/or recovering from sexual assault from a victim mentality to one of courage and strength.


Together we can create a world community that:

  • Supports the difficult, daily decisions a woman chooses with respect and understanding.
  • Is actively aware of incidents of violence and its impact on lives.
  • Takes an active role in addressing the complex issues faced by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.



  • Join Brave Woman!

    Here I Am Campaign
    Take the Pledge
    "I pledge to honor and respect brave women and children who make moment-by-moment difficult decisions every day to deal with the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault on their lives, even when I may not understand their journey. I pledge to remain aware of what is happening to others in my world, speak up against domestic and sexual violence in any form and actively do my part to stop violence when I can.  I will stand tall for human dignity and safety for all people and let them know I care. "
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    Thank you!

    Our belief is that we can’t end domestic violence as long as there are humans with our range of emotions, experiences, old hurts, anger and need for power. But, we can do things to stop domestic violence in the world around each of us. Brave Woman honors the creative and tenacious journey women and children undertake to find peace, gain self-confidence and make new choices.

    Take the Pledge
    Here I Am Campaign
    Take the Pledge
    "I pledge to honor and respect brave women and children who make moment-by-moment difficult decisions every day to deal with the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault on their lives, even when I may not understand their journey. I pledge to remain aware of what is happening to others in my world, speak up against domestic and sexual violence in any form and actively do my part to stop violence when I can.  I will stand tall for human dignity and safety for all people and let them know I care. "
    PLEDGE
    Thank you!
    Our shared vision is that every woman and child will have the supportive resources they need to live without fear in their homes and in their communities. Each survivor will be heard and their worth, talents, potential, courage and abilities will be honored. We will work together to end domestic violence one woman, one family at a time.

    Learn More
    Brave Woman is proud to be an official partner of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. We are jointly launching a national project to gather the wisdom and insights of survivors and build tools for awareness and action. We are also partners with shelters and programs in many states and growing. We will work together to end domestic violence one woman, one family at a time.

    National Network to End Domestic Violence

    Listen


    Experience the wisdom of survivors and the support of our Champions. Read the narrative stories, visit our art gallery, and listen to the music of survivors and the messages of songwriters.



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    Send us video, a written story, a song, or artwork. Please note that all submissions are reviewed before posting. We’ll let you know when a post has been approved and added to the website.



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    Domestic Violence is all around us. Some we can see and others are hidden in wounded emotions, psychological control and financial abuse. Stay aware, ask questions, take action for those you love and the wellbeing of the community you live in. .


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    WHAT WILL THE BRAVE WOMAN COMMUNITY DO?

    Gather Stories

    Gather video and narrative stories on key issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault to encourage connection and support.

    Interviews

    Post a broad range of interviews with survivors (men, women and children), law enforcement, judges and champions, that can be used as teaching tools to foster greater understanding and effective action.

    Rural Safety Networks

    Share a rural safety network system for areas of the country that do not have shelters nor other resources. The first example is the Carroll County Safety Network in Arkansas.

    Life Coaching

    Establish a life coaching program for survivors on a national basis.

    Coalitions

    Work with statewide coalitions to foster the message of understanding and courage under the Brave Woman image.

    Legislation

    Support legislative changes as feasible that honor survivors and fund needed services.

    Toolkits


    Provide toolkits for action.

    Develop Products

    Create products that express the message of hope, support and change for survivors.


    and more…

    Survivors guide the focus of Brave Woman. Additional opportunities for voice will be created as needed.


     

    How Do We Stop Domestic Violence?

    This is how:

    We listen to the voices of survivors.
    We learn from their experiences.
    We are patient.
    We are open to change.
    We don’t make assumptions.
    We, as a caring community, take action.

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    Here I Am Campaign

    To date, we have travelled to Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Watch the map for where the Campaign takes us next.

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