We are grateful for your interest and support of our violence prevention efforts. The Violence, Hope and Healing Storytelling project is no longer recording new stories at this time. Please continue to visit the OVP website for updates regarding the Storytelling Project and other violence prevention efforts.
The Violence, Hope and Healing Storytelling Project, a collaboration between the Department of Arts and Culture and the LA County Office of Violence Prevention, is seeking individuals from diverse backgrounds and geographies, who are open to telling their stories about their personal experiences surviving any form of violence including the violence of racism. Spoken stories will be confidentially audio recorded, developed into written transcripts, and shared with consent, to increase awareness about violence, its impact and its reach. By highlighting individual stories, we hope to influence the way we understand and respond to violence so that we can advance policy, practice, and system change.
The Storytelling Project has four main goals:
Center Survivor Voice
To add a human element and context to data about violence to deepen the understanding of violence by lifting up the voices of survivors and individuals most directly impacted by violence and racism.
Develop a Book
To combine the stories and photographs collected countywide to develop a book that can be shared with the public, county and community partners as well as the arts community, academia and philanthropy for capacity building, fund development, and advocacy efforts.
Strengthen Communication Pathways
To create and fortify new pathways of communication between county agencies, county leadership and community.
To distribute and share stories through the book and through other communication mechanisms to inform policies and practices and raise awareness about the impact of violence.
After audio recording 96 community members as they narrate their life experiences navigating violence for personal and policy change, we are pivoting to focus on the book now. We expect this book will be complete and shared with all participants, public partners this fall 2021.
Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.