Surviving intimate partner violence, together
Building your safety plan.
Safety planning can help you develop small, actionable steps and behaviors that aim to keep you as safe as possible. Safety plans are helpful for survivors who are still with their abuser, who are leaving, and who have left.
How to help a friend or family member.
Friends and family often want to help survivors but don't know how or their well-intentioned efforts are in fact harmful to the survivor's wellbeing. Understanding how to help is an important part of bystander action and intervention.
What do we do?
Through our workshops in communities, schools, and provider offices, we hope to build understanding around how to prevent abuse from occurring. This can range from challenging societal norms of toxic masculinity, empowering teens with knowledge about healthy relationships, challenging common myths and stereotypes, and raising awareness about resources.
We are committed to building peer-to-peer communities for survivors, whether it's online or in person. Through this, survivors and allies gain the tools they need to safety plan and make informed decisions about their relationship through the information we, and other organizations, share across our platforms. We have a network of survivors offering support to one another, as well as peer-to-peer groups.
We provide education and training for health providers, organizations (e.g., human resource and health and safety staff), researchers, and community partners. There are many safe ways to engage in empathic opportunities for people experiencing abuse, but these opportunities are often missed due to feelings of discomfort or not knowing what to do/say. We aim to provide the tools you need.
At The ZOE project, we're particularly interested in learning about the long-term effects of abuse (or "LEA"). While much research has been devoted to understanding abusive behavior and crisis response, we want to help bridge the gap that helps survivors, allies, and providers understand the numerable LEA that can occur across a survivor's lifespan.
The ZOE Project was originally founded in 2015 as The Me Too Project. At that time, the #metoo movement had not gained traction and staff at The ZOE Project were unaware of Tarana Burke's coinage of the term "Me Too." In order to honor Burke's work and avoid false credit, The Me Too Project changed its name to The ZOE Project in January, 2019. As the #metoo movement also heavily focuses on sexual assault, we felt a change in name would avoid confusion as to what our mission is at The ZOE Project and who we aim to help.
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