Through years of working with attorneys and advocates, CSAJ staff observed that advocates and attorneys for survivors increasingly identified as “service providers” rather than advocates. Increased funding and resources targeted at domestic violence have led to a professionalization and compartmentalization of survivors needs, thereby shifting the work from a movement of grassroots advocacy to an established social service sector. This shift to service delivery has negatively affected the way that many advocates and attorneys approach their work.
Survivor-centered advocacy is comprehensive and individualized. It is a method to work with survivors that strives to meet their individual needs, as they define and prioritize them. CSAJ staff conduct national Survivor Centered Advocacy Trainings and deliberately infuse a survivor-centered philosophy throughout their work.