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Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence requires a focus on changing the social conditions and structural inequalities that create and deepen gender violence and that make people vulnerable to violence. Reimagining recognizes the links between all forms of violence that punish gender non-conforming behavior including much intimate partner violence as well as homophobic violence. The act of reimagination calls for:

  • Reinvesting resources in people and communities
  • Stopping economic policies, immigration policies, and law enforcement policies that sustain and deepen violence
  • Replacing the current crime-centered approach to gender violence
  • Strengthening the capacity of communities to respond to gender violence


The Reimagining Project grows most immediately out of the conference, Converge! Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence (held at the University of Miami School of Law, February, 2014), but the roots of this conversation are much older and are profoundly shaped by the ground breaking work of INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming and Trans People of Color Against Violence.

Converge! conference participants answered a call to reimagine U.S. priorities in funding, activism, legal responses, and social services in ways that better address structural inequalities that create and maintain gender violence. The Converge! conversation crossed boundaries of activism and research: organizing campaigns with domestic workers, sex workers, and farm workers; mobilizing to stop police harassment of LGBT youth; advocating for immigrant rights; calling for prison abolition; calling for racial and gender justice within in the criminal system; establishing international human rights norms in domestic settings; highlighting and demanding accountability for campus sexual assault; training and encouraging men to oppose violence against women; working on behalf of those subjected to domestic violence/intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Recognizing the connections between these movements and working to create a common political agenda was central to the Converge! conversation.

Our ongoing collaboration with is focused on using digital media to share and engage with a wider audience (beyond people directly involved in shaping the movement) the evolving story of the Reimagining Project.


In Their Words


“There isn’t enough attention to the systemic ways in which Black women are subjected to both state violence and intimate violence.”


“One of the huge challenges that stands in the way of reimagining the movement to end gender violence is what is entrenched.”


“The first responders to a violent situation are usually friends, family, community members, and clergy. … Why aren’t we doing more to equip them with the knowledge and the skills to be able to intervene effectively?”


“Reimagining the movement to end gender violence means focusing on reinvesting in people”


“I have been looking at [conferencing] groups for men who have committed domestic violence, whose families are involved with child welfare . . . What is important to them is to know that they are valuable in their family’s lives. To know that for their children to have better lives they need to change . . .”



INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans people of Color Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and their communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing

Generation5The mission of generationFIVE is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations. We work to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families, and communities. Through survivor and bystander leadership development, community prevention and intervention, public action, and cross-movement building, generationFIVE works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families, and communities.

nwhn_new_logo The National Women’s Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.

GLBTQ_Logo-and-hotline The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project provides free and confidential support and services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We work with victims and survivors to increase safety, security, and foster empowerment through direct services, education, and advocacy.

AAPF The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists and policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. We utilize new ideas and innovative perspectives to transform public discourse and policy.

ywep_header_final21 The Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP) is a member based social justice organizing project that is led by and for young people of color who have current or former experience in the sex trade and street economies. Everybody who is on staff and has decision making power at YWEP was once a member here and is between the ages of 12-24 years old.


A CALL TO MEN is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities


Creative Interventions works to create community-based options for interventions to interpersonal violence.

NESRI Founded in 2004, the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) works to apply human rights standards in the USA. NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity.

gensom_logo The mission of generative somatics is to grow a transformative social and environmental justice movement — one that integrates personal and social transformation, creates compelling alternatives to the status quo and embodies the creativity and life affirming actions we need to forward systemic change.

MTEV Move to End Violence supports leaders in the U.S. movement to end violence against girls and women to step back from their daily work to envision the change they want to see, imagine new strategies, and build the capacity needed to realize this change.

Cresist Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.

praxis The Praxis Project is a nonprofit movement support intermediary and an institution of color that supports organizing and change work at local, regional and national levels. Focused on movement building for fundamental change, our mission is to build healthy communities by changing the power relationships between people of color and the institutional structures that affect their lives.


CARA is a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) grassroots organization that promotes a broad agenda for liberation and social justice while prioritizing anti-rape work as the center of our organizing

BWB_small_logoBlack Women’s Blueprint, Inc. is a civil and human rights organization of women and men. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now. We work to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We engage in progressive research, historical documentation, support movement building and organize on social justice issues steeped in the struggles of Black women within their communities and within dominant culture.

FMN Marissa Alexander is a survivor of domestic violence from Jacksonville, FL who was prosecuted and threatened with 60 years in prison for defending her life from her abusive husband. She spent 3 years behind bars and, beginning January 27, 2015, she is sentenced to two years of house detention while being forced to wear and pay for a surveillance ankle monitor. The Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign calls for Marissa Alexander’s FULL FREEDOM.

MCSR Men Can Stop Rape seeks to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.

ij-logo Impact Justice is a national innovation and research center that works to reduce the number of people involved in our juvenile and adult criminal justice system, improving conditions for those who remain incarcerated, providing meaningful opportunities for success for those rejoining our communities and improving justice outcomes for crime victims. Impact Justice will seize the political moment our country finds ourselves in, with bipartisan support to reduce our nation’s over-reliance on incarceration, with cutting edge research and the use of innovation and experimentation.​ ​Impact Justice will serve communities, families and individuals across the country, by working at all levels of government to create the knowledge and practices that will make the greatest impact on over-incarceration and racial disparity.


Founded in 1989 by a group of five South Asian women, Sakhi for South Asian Women works to create a safe place with a full range of culturally-sensitive, language-specific support for South Asian women facing abuse in their lives; and, work to inform, actively engage, and mobilize the South Asian community in the movement to end violence against women forever.)

IPHT Interdisciplinary Project on Human Trafficking​ ​is a group of scholars, activists and practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds including law, anthropology and sociology. Though with different political views, we share a commitment to social justice involving labor, migration and human trafficking. We also share a concern that public debate, particularly on trafficking, is too often simplistic, failing to take account of human aspirations, agency and experiences.

crr-logo-english For 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

GG Grassroots Global Justice Alliance is a national alliance of grassroots organizations building a popular movement for peace, democracy and a sustainable world. We support each other’s local struggles and collaborate with international allies who share our vision and commitment to building a transformative social justice movement beyond borders.

Center for Family and Community Engagement

The Center for Family and Community Engagement operates with a mission is to advance safe, healthy, and productive families and communities