Collective Empowerment, Collective Liberation

When we women offer our experience as our truth, all the maps change.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

CONNECT Women celebrates the power, wisdom, and resilience of women. We offer transformative education, support, and space for women to gather, share experiences, and think critically and creatively about what it means to be women living in a culture where violence against women is the norm. All CONNECT Women programming is trauma- informed and explores the ways gender, race, class and sexuality shape our responses to Intimate violence.

Education and Training Courses via CTI (Connect Training Institute)

  • Women’s Empowerment for Survivors and Victims, a 36-hour course on the techniques for empowering and healing victims, cultivating advocacy skills and creating a self-care plan to manage the stress of working with victims (NOTE: This course is for staff and individuals planning to or working with survivors)

  • Girls’ Empowerment, a course in the techniques of empowering girls in their community by exploring challenging issues such as dating violence, bullying and hurtful impact of gender socialization (NOTE: This course is for staff and individuals planning to or working with adolescent girls in a group setting)

  • Parenting Education for Mothers Affected by Intimate Partner Violence by exploring the various ways domestic violence impacts parenting children and teens (NOTE: This course is for staff and individuals who want to implement a domestic violence focus in their parenting education)

Community Empowerment Program

  • CONNECT Monthly Women’s Circle: Ongoing space for empowerment and liberation; book club, film series and special events; meets every 1st Tuesday of the month (free open discussion forum)

  • Peaceful Families Birthing Project

    • Understanding Intimate Violence for Doulas and other women’s health practitioners via workshops and training

    • Intersections of Domestic Violence and Pregnancy Working Group

  • Partnership: Technical assistance and capacity building for community, school and faith- based organizations working with women and girls

For we have, built into all of us, old blueprints of expectation and response, old structures of oppression and these must be altered at the same time that we alter the living conditions which are a result of those structures. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” ~ Audre Lorde