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2017 Ohio Youth Summit: A Day of Awareness, Prevention, and Advocacy

February 5, 2017

Youth Summit: Awareness, Prevention, and Advocacy | creativity in motion

On Friday, February 3rd I was able to participate in the 1st Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Summit held in Columbus at the Ohio Statehouse. The event was hosted by Representative Theresa Fedor as an additional event to the 8th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day held in the Capitol the day before.  Over 200 high school and college students from all over Ohio (Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Dayton, Cincinnati, and surrounding areas) came together to become more aware of and advocate for human trafficking prevention.

The agenda for the day was full of inspiring speakers and creative activities aimed at providing education and a message of action to youth about how to get involved in this important issue and learn how to protect themselves and their peers from being at-risk. At the Summit Representative Fedor also introduced a new bill that would help protect 16 and 17 year old youth from human trafficking with this announcement.

Survivors and advocates gave voice to and shared their experiences with students through poetry, music, performance, and panel discussions. This included Poet Quynterra Eskridge, Rapper Archie Green, and national speaker, author, and educator Dr. Elaine Richardson, who performed her one woman show PHD to PhD: How Education Saved My Life.  The day’s events also included a panel moderated by Renee Jones of statewide professionals representing the fields of public health, law enforcement, policy, and juvenile justice.  It was an honor to be included with this very knowledgeable line up to share my role at the Renee Jones Empowerment Center offering art therapy for survivors and at risk teens as part of Ursuline ArtSpace Outreach.

The day concluded with a break out session for students with the University of Dayton and for educators with Abolition Ohio. A valuable resource that was shared for educators and other professionals working with youth to implement prevention programming was this guide published by the Ohio Attorney General.

Youth Summit: Awareness, Prevention, and Adocacy | creativity in motion

A full day of important information, performances, and learning

Also available throughout the Summit was art making that invited students to creatively contribute a pledge hand in response to standing up to human trafficking and bringing awareness- many positive and encouraging messages were created by youth in attendance as part of this project in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.

Youth Summit: Awareness, Prevention, and Advocacy

Students were invited to contribute to group art pieces.

Thank you to Representative Fedor for hosting this event for the wellbeing of Ohio’s youth and the Renee Jones Empowerment Center in helping with organizing the event’s offerings.  It was an inspiring day full of information, strategies, help, and hope.

For additional resources, please visit these regional and national sites:

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Awareness, Prevention, & Recovery Made Visible: 2015 NE Ohio Human Trafficking Symposium, Project Red Cord, & Teen Summit

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I CAN WE CAN Day of Action through Art: Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2013

October 4, 2013

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, use the power of the arts and A Window Between World’s I Can We Can movement as a form of advocacy and empowerment to help end abuse & interpersonal trauma:

I CAN WE CAN Day of Action | A Window Between Worlds

“24 people every minute experience intimate partner violence in the United States. And this figure may be even higher because most people don’t report it. Break the silence surrounding this silent epidemic. Be part of our I CAN WE CAN Day of Action on October 16 during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Day of Action is a time for all of us to show our solidarity by sparking dialogue and raising visibility either online or in the streets. Join with the I CAN WE CAN community and use art to move our communities towards change.” (AWBW website)


Related Posts:

Advocacy & Empowerment through Art: Social Action and Trauma Informed Care

Survivor’s Hand: Finding Safety through Art: #ICANWECAN

Getting the Picture [VIDEOS]: Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2012

Finding a Safe Place: Creating Safety for Domestic Violence Survivors through Art

Survivor’s Hand: Finding Safety through Art: #ICANWECAN

January 9, 2013

A Window Between Worlds has launched a new project to help bring awareness to end abuse through art: I CAN WE CAN.

From the AWBW website:

A Window Between Worlds developed the I CAN WE CAN project where everyone can lend their hand, literally, to help end abuse. Create art on your hands as a symbol of solidarity, a commitment that you will do what you can to help end domestic violence and sexual assault.”


Here’s my painted hand, which I titled Survivor’s Hand: Finding Safety through Art: Healing, Healthy, Safety, & Hope. As an art therapist working with children and women survivors of domestic violence, my hand represents how art provides a healthy and safe way to empower and create a voice for expression and awareness about abuse.  Purple is the awareness color designated for domestic violence and the words I added to my hand come from a word collage sheet I often use in my art therapy sessions for different interventions.

Learn how you can participate in this interactive project and upload your own hand here.  There’s a I CAN WE CAN Toolkit, Virtual Community Gallery, and a How to with prompts, suggestions, and tips for creating your own hand (or with others) and how to promote the project.  There’s lots of fun ways to share and take action for this important cause!

Bringing Awareness to Domestic Violence through Art

October 4, 2010

Peace Begins at Home

October is here which means it’s time to remember that this entire month is dedicated to bringing awareness to the issue of domestic violence.  As highlighted last year in my post for 2009’s DV Awareness Month, domestic violence is a cycle of  abuse  rooted in power and control towards an intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, economic, and/or sexual abuse from batterer behaviors that use intimidation, isolation,  humiliation and tactics to create control, terror and fear.  To learn more about domestic violence, learn the warning signs, get help, and how to protect yourself or others, visit this resource through the Domestic Violence Awareness Project.

If you follow this blog or my art therapy work, the issue of domestic violence is also  important to me because of my work with children and women survivors of domestic violence.  This work includes offering art therapy to youth, families, and women seeking safety and reaching out for immediate help in shelter, as well as providing art therapy services to youth in the community impacted by trauma and loss issues related to family violence, separation, and abuse.

Learn more about how art can be valuable for trauma intervention, give a voice for domestic violence, and explore opportunities for families to break the cycle of abuse and live violence free:

Art can also be a creative, non-threatening, and preventative outlet to help bring community awareness about DV, as seen in Northeast Florida for Hubbard House’s 1st Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest.

I like this project a lot because not only does it address violence prevention through art, but also challenges the community to think about themes related to how violence can impact a child’s daily life.  If you live in the NE Florida area, art submissions are being accepted until October 21.

Eliminating Fear and Giving a Voice to Domestic Violence

October 26, 2009

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as an art therapist who works with children, adolescents, and families impacted by this issue, I wanted to post some resources, newstories, and hopefully other helpful information to help educate and bring awareness about a topic that  is still often masked in silence.

At its core, domestic violence and the cycle of this abuse  is rooted in power and control. The abuse of domestic violence towards an intimate partner can be physical, emotional, economic, and sexual from batterer behaviors such as but not limited to: intimidation, isolation, shattering self-worth through humiliation and tactics to instill control, terror and fear.

Many domestic violence agencies and programs use the Power and Control Wheel orginially developed by Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs in Duluth, Minnesota to help educate and bring awareness about the bigger picture of power and control in domestic violence.  In addition to the original Power and Control Wheel, there are also other adapted Wheels that have been created to address the specialized needs and issues of  children, elderly, people with disabilities and mental illness, as well as community responsibility, bullying, teen dating violence, and more.

Domestic violence is an issue that affects us all.  We each have accountability towards creating communities, schools, and supporting families, homes, and our society to be based in safety, equality, and to live without hurt, pain, and suffering.

In President Obama’s Proclamation for this month, he states:

During this month, we rededicate ourselves to breaking the cycle of violence. By providing young people with education about healthy relationships, and by changing attitudes that support violence, we recognize that domestic violence can be prevented. We must build the capacity of our Nation’s victim service providers to reach and serve those in need. We urge community leaders to raise awareness and bring attention to this quiet crisis. And across America, we encourage victims and their families to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. Together, we must ensure that, in America, no victim of domestic violence ever struggles alone.

Below are a couple of response art in the form of magazine photo collages that I previously created for my own exploration and reflection of this issue and how I can help those women and youth through my role as an art therapist and the benefits of trauma intervention and art therapy.



For more information on the power of art, art therapy, and trauma intervention in helping survivors find their voice and heal from the fear and pain of domestic violence, check out these sites. recent articles. and writings:

The Healing Power of Art: Domestic Violence Survivor Puts Abuse to Canvas

Telling Without Talking:  Breaking the Silence of Domestic Violence

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) Blog

Art Helps Heal Pain of Domestic Abuse

Art Therapy and Domestic Violence- International Art Therapy Organization Resources

Breaking the Silence: Art Therapy with Children from Violent Homes


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