Ideas for Bringing Intersectionality into Practice

This infographic provides a series of questions that can be incorporated into training programs to apply an intersectionalist apprach.

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Do your training programs talk about how to apply intersectionality?

  • Are there certain challenges (e.g. access to affordable housing, coping with homophobia in family) that would be helpful for us to talk about before getting to your experience of violence?

  • Have you received support from your family and your friends throughout it all? What does being supported feel like to you?

  • Are there any specific traditions, practices, or resources that are important to your healing? How can we make sure we include those here?

  • Are there other pieces about your life (or personal story) that have made it hard to talk about what you’ve been through? What were they?

  • You mentioned that being …….. (e.g. an Asian women and a lesbian) has had a big impact on what you’ve been through. Tell me about that…

  • Have any specific challenges (e.g. racism, ableism affected your experience of violence? In what ways?

  • In what ways, if any, have your community(ies), your family, your friends affected your decisions through it all? (e.g. decisions to tell someone or to report; decision to end or continue the relationship; decision to get help) How have those decisions worked out for you?

  • What groups do you identify with or belong to?

  • How do the people in your life talk about violence in relationships? What do they say about violence against women? Are there conflicting views?

  • Are the messages about violence in the groups you belong to different from your own understandings of the violence you’ve experienced? How does that make you feel?

  • What impact do these views have on you-a woman who’s actually been there?

This infographic emerged from Issue-Based Newsletter 15: Intersectionality.