How to do it: empowerment and stigma
Out of sadness, can come change. The women in the group quoted above are currently participating actively in the policy process, and their pain and experience are indeed leading to positive developments for other women in similar situations. They are clear that the best way to prevent domestic violence is to consult survivors of the violence. This statement was made to us several times in our research by a variety of different workers, agencies and abuse survivors. Who better to give meaningful information and to suggest possible solutions and effective responses to such violence than those who have had direct experience of it, working in tandem with policymakers, practitioners and activists? However, this does not happen nearly as often as it should.