This is a time like no other! In 2014 AWBW announced its transition to a new mission statement resulting in the largest expansion in our 24 year history.
You are a leader in supporting our growth and transformation into a new kind of agency prepared to empower an expanded constellation of individuals and communities impacted by trauma from multiple sectors both within and beyond domestic violence.
With your support, AWBW is able to invest in the research, strategic planning and cross-sector partnership building necessary to share art as a resource to create healthy futures in the face of violence for sexual assault survivors, veterans, gang-impacted youth and adults, persons with mental health issues and other populations in need of our award winning program.
Now in our 25th Anniversary year, we hold the past years in our hearts and know together we hold the next 25 in our hands. It is with your support and guidance that today AWBW is a network of Leaders over 1,000 strong, providing over 80,000 art interventions annually in 30 states.
Right now you can make a big impact. We have a $250,000 challenge grant, and every first-time and increased donation we receive will be doubled! Your gift at any level of support makes a world of difference.
- Partners and leaders in the field are sharing that AWBW’s art programs offer best practices and are a critical component of a trauma-informed approach.
- 35% of AWBW’s collaborating partners are already using our program outside of DV services.
- The demand for AWBW’s program is growing. 33% of service providers applying for AWBW’s training are turned away due to lack of resources.
- On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States.1
- 81% of veterans suffering from depression and PTSD engaged in at least one violent act with their partner in the past year.2
AWBW’s art program plays an extremely important role in creating safety where there has been none, opening communication that has been blocked, and creating healing and change. Based on 2014 annual evaluations from 243 active AWBW programs we saw the following results:
84% of adult workshop participants reported the art session helped them open up about something never shared before. 92% of Children’s Leaders found the program highly effective in making breakthroughs with clients that are hardest to reach.
96% of the leaders found the art workshops positively impacted survivor’s relationships with their children, repairing the damage caused in the wake of the abuse.
91% of the adult participants reported that because of the workshops they are more likely to take decisive steps to break the cycle of violence (for example, getting a restraining order).
Thank you for supporting Art Transforming Trauma.
1The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, 2010.
2Violent Childhood Experiences and the Risk of Intimate Partner Violence in Adults: Assessment In a Large Health Maintenance Organization, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2003.