LATech4Good: Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence
LA Tech4Good hosted an event on domestic violence and technology on Wed June 19. Perhaps not a connection that naturally comes to mind, but our our conversation brought together both ends of the spectrum: a deeply intimate, human-centered understanding plus a unique tech platform that democratizes access to DV information.
A deeply intimate, human-centered understanding plus a unique tech platform that democratizes access to DV information.
Our three speakers shared their expertise with generosity. Dove Presnall of Survivors’ Truths underlined the crucial importance of lived experience in addressing domestic violence and tore apart the idea that people have to prove they are “worthy” of help. LaRay Cantley, Consultant/Advocate, spoke about “removing those limiting beliefs and envisioning something more profound for our lives. Amy Durrence showed how FreeFrom avoids retraumatization and how the launch of their online tool supercharged the number of survivors they were able to engage.
Resources to share — on domestic violence:
Survivors’ Truths: on the leading edge of a paradigm shift in how we think about and work with survivors and their advocates
Downtown Women’s Center (DWC): focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women
And on data inequality:
Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, book by Virginia Eubanks
High-Tech Homelessness, article by Virginia Eubanks, on LA’s Vulnerability Index — Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT)