Moving the domestic violence field from isolating work to collaborative efforts, the Strong Field Project opened doors and encouraged conversations never before imagined, shining a new light on the field. Partnerships with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (the Partnership) and Jemmott Rollins Group fostered strong networks through state and regional institutes, webinars, and convenings. Events like Leadership Development Program retreats, regional institutes and Strong Field Project Statewide Institutes provided domestic violence leaders with opportunities to connect and learn, to celebrate and to analyze.
Through networking, domestic violence leaders helped spur a culture shift within the field from a competitive and scarcity mindset to collaborative and abundance. The 2013 Strong Field Project Evaluation Report showed that domestic violence leaders’ connections with colleagues around peer learning and support have strengthened California’s domestic violence field by decreasing competition.
While conversations of the past often happened behind closed doors, the Strong Field Project united leaders and organizations to celebrate together and have tough conversations about the field’s future. This platform helped the domestic violence field shift from a reactive, shelter-based mentality to proactive and root-cause oriented.
From one to many, California’s domestic violence field is now connected like never before, calling on each other to improve services and best practices while moving the field onward.
“There’s a much stronger network of trust in place—we really can look at the neighbor in the same city or region, and say we’re not competing but supporting each other. We don’t feel threatened now. We can learn from one another and collaborate.”
– A Strong Field Project participant
of stakeholders reported experiencing less fragmentation and isolation because of the Strong Field Project.