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RAFT’s Research-Based Model Helps Strengthen Leaders

March 24, 2020, RAFT Team

Research Points to Immense On-the-Job Stress for Advocates At RAFT, we are learning more and more about the occupational stressors Advocates face. With insights gleaned from studies and ...

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No Place to Hide: The Reality of Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors During a Pandemic

March 19, 2020, RAFT Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted our society—forcing millions indoors and disrupting crucial systems we depend on. Even more devastating is its ability to expose and greatly exacerbate preexisting ...

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Trading the Power and Control Wheel for the Equality Wheel

March 2, 2020, RAFT Team

Almost all those who work in Advocacy know about the Power and Control Wheel. Developed in the early 80s in Duluth, Minnesota by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project ...

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5 Physical Practices to Strengthen Your Emotional Health

February 24, 2020, RAFT Team

For most Advocate, days can feel very long. You’re up early to take care of your family before work. You support survivors all day. You’re running errands, preparing ...

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4 Things You Need to Know About Domestic Violence

February 10, 2020, RAFT Team

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of ...

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Super Bowl = Super Busy

January 27, 2020, RAFT Team

Most eyes in the US will be on Miami for the Super Bowl on February 2. Whether or not you’re a football fan, it’s easy to fall into ...

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Making Community Connections to Support Domestic Violence Survivors

January 13, 2020, RAFT Team

As with all industries, the every-changing nature of shelter work has a predictability. People come, people go, budgets are tight, and staff turnover rates are higher than the ...

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You Matter: Taking Stock of Your Value

December 23, 2019, RAFT Team

Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and admire who you are? Do you welcome the crow’s feet, the gray hairs that keep popping up, and ...

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4 Tools to Keep Your Relationships Healthy

December 9, 2019, RAFT Team

When life gets busy, it’s difficult to prioritize relationships. The ones you love the most are often the ones who suffer the most because you trust them to ...

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Preparing Volunteers for Domestic Violence Shelter Work

November 25, 2019, RAFT Team

Many people make time to volunteer at a shelter, especially during the holidays. While the extra hands are very much appreciated, most volunteers are not familiar with the ...

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