VAW Social Change Resource Center
Introduction to Social Change
Violence against women does not exist in a vacuum. Violence against women happens in cultures that grant some people power over others. It happens in cultures that accept dominance, oppression, and fear as normal. Violence against women activists work on three levels: personal, institutional, and cultural.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Project
While individual women struggle to survive battering, advocates work to change institutions listed in the second ring.
These institutions have a direct effect on battered women’s lives. Institutions act as gatekeepers and agents of a culture. They translate culture into practices meant to manage the behavior of individuals and the community. Our work to make change in institutional practices is called systems reform, institutional reform, or systems change.
The goal of social change work is to change all parts of a culture that support violence. Social change is about challenging and reshaping the belief systems, values, traditions, and language that hold violence in place and allow it to exist.
This website is dedicated to social change –
to changing the outer ring of these circles.
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