#WhyICare: Building an Inclusive and Intersectional Social Justice Movement to End Domestic Violence


On October 18, 2016, CALCASA’s national project, PreventConnect participated in a Twitter Chat hosted by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). In this #WhyICare Twitter chat, activists and leaders representing leading social justice organizations and coalitions came together to discuss what this movement signifies to us and why we all care about ending domestic    violence. Our common goal is to end and prevent domestic violence. Creating comprehensive, accessible, inclusive, trauma-informed, survivor-focused prevention whyicare   programs is only possible by addressing the nature of intersectionality of domestic violence to sexual assault, child abuse and other forms of violence. This social  justice movement to end domestic violence and other related forms of violence will be successful if we recognize the shared risk and protective factors and identify  who’s left out in this movement. Many chat participants agreed that we need more awareness and social change to build this movement and make it stronger.

 Recognizing what this social justice movement commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month means to each of us is a critical piece in identifying ways to  prevent domestic violence and other intersectional forms of violence. Although this social movement may be shaped by our unique backgrounds and experiences, the  #WhyICare hashtag suggests we all care about and work together towards this common goal.

 If you missed this twitter chat or for further details, click here. Also, be sure to check out the report Reciprocal Advancement to learn more about how domestic  violence and sexual assault are linked yet distinct.






Meghna Bhat

Meghna recently joined CALCASA as a T&TA Specialist in the PreventConnect team. Born and raised in the city of Mumbai (India) and having moved to the US in 2004, Meghna has witnessed and experienced sexual assault and street harassment, from an early age. These unsettling experiences motivated her to participate in these intersectional social movements and be an outspoken advocate for social justice and gender equality. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Criminology, Law, and Justice program at the University of Illinois, in Chicago, with a specialization in Gender and Women Studies. Her dissertation focused on images of violence against women in Bollywood cinema and its implications on our perceptions and attitudes. Meghna earned her MS in Criminal Justice (Restorative Justice & Victimology) from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia) and BA in Psychology, (Mumbai, India).

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