First and foremost, we hope you are healthy and sheltering in peace as we continue forward in this global pandemic. So many individuals worldwide are enduring suffering, as COVID stops for no one and also illuminates inequities and vulnerabilities where they already exist.
At Center for Domestic Peace (C4DP), we know that women primarily continue to be victims of domestic violence and are subject to greater poverty and discrimination. We also know that women of color experience racism, domestic violence, poverty, and COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates.
Since so many of our supporters have asked how our work is being affected and informed by COVID and the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, highlighted in this edition are articles providing insights into the challenges and successes we have faced in being responsive to survivor needs during these times. Also included is an article about C4DP’s strong foundation as a social justice organization rooted in our deep commitment to economic and racial justice as a key part of our non-violence work.
C4DP’s Board of Directors takes pride in sharing the accomplishments of staff during this time. Maintaining a 24/7 emergency response operation while also pivoting to remote work during a pandemic has been a major undertaking for C4DP. We are especially grateful to the staff who faced their own personal challenges and losses while learning new technology, establishing spaces to work at home, and staying current with the endless number of requests for help, administrative demands, and facility work.
Finally, to those of you who financially contributed this past year to help us reach our June 30th goal, we are grateful! The ”upside of down” through the experience of COVID has taught us that our core values and true nature are clearer and stronger than ever. We value the relationships we share with all of you as our supporters.
Thank you for standing with us as we continue to work towards greater safety, justice, and equality!
Natasha Singh and Cynthia Murray