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Resources for Individual and Workplace Wellness: An Update from the NCIL Violence & Abuse Subcommittee

Increased violence in our communities results in more victims – and victim advocates – seeking ways to stay well and opportunities for support. Trauma and vicarious trauma deeply impacts people.

The NCIL Violence & Abuse Subcommittee encourages Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to make time to support peers and staff in daily wellness and sharing wellness resources. Tending to workplace wellness and supporting individual wellness plans will go a long way as we persist in the face of oppressive systems and the attacks on our civil rights across our country. 

The Subcommittee is made up of members who address violence in the lives of people with disabilities and keep up-to-date on state and federal laws impacting violence-response programs. Currently, we meet at 2:00 pm Eastern the first Thursday of each month and use a portion of our monthly meeting times to just hold space for each other. We listen; we share experiences; and we share strength and gain power by being together for one hour.

Any NCIL member doing violence-response work, experiencing violence or abuse, or working in positions funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) or the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) are welcome to join our calls. Contact Co-Chair Jan Derry for call-in instructions.

We are not alone, we remain committed to ending violence against people with disabilities, and we need to stay well, and give and get support from one another to press on.

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