Mapping Prevention 2020 is a short-term participatory action research project. Our goal is to engage people across King County to better understand how communities can prevent domestic, sexual, and family violence outside of systems of policing and punishment. This project focuses on efforts to reach those most impacted by violence and on strategies that address racism and intersections with sexism and other forms of oppression.
We are currently conducting a county-wide survey to gather public opinion and learn more about the resources people wants and need to prevent violence in their own communities. We are also conducting in-depth interviews with local organizers to learn from their experiences and visions for public spending.
We aim to create and share community data on existing efforts, as well as opportunities for strategic expansion and future visioning. The project is led by an advisory board of community members as part of an initiative of the Coalition Ending Gender-based Violence with funding from the King County Department of Community and Human Services.
- We acknowledge the history and impacts of racism in anti-violence work, and the much longer entanglements of racial and sexual violence; We honor the history and work of anti-racist antiviolence activists by lifting up those who have led the work.
- We are mindful that community-led work has been taken and misused. We intend to interrupt patterns where communities are asked what they need with no plan to shift the status quo. We are attempting to hold a different kind of process that can support and validate the work already happening. We plan to learn from what people share and we plan to share what we learn.
- We hope to create stronger connections and more resources for existing work and for the world we want to live in.