“I had to choose my children, also. I didn’t want them to keep growing up in the environment of abuse because it trickles on down. It had to end somewhere, and it had to start with me,” said Bridges.
The ‘Beyond Equity’ plan encompasses various elements, including support groups, training for service providers and community members, and the introduction of a “restorative justice program.” Notably, even domestic abusers are encouraged to participate in the initiative.
Domestic violence has disproportionately affected communities of color, and some advocates consider it a racial justice issue. Black women are three times more likely to be fatally shot by an intimate partner compared to their white counterparts.
By understanding the societal impacts on culture, the initiative aims to provide survivors with avenues for justice, truth, and healing outside the confines of the traditional criminal justice system.
The ‘Beyond Equity’ plan is scheduled to kick off with a Community-Wide Plan 6.0 launch event on January 9 at the Martin University Gathertorium in Indianapolis from 11 am to 12:30 pm EST.
This marks a significant step toward addressing generational trauma and fostering a supportive community for those impacted by domestic violence.