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Engaging Online

"Engaging a customer base is of course a very important part of social media. It is vital, truly, to the overall success and long-term growth of a given company/brand’s following and fan base in the social media space."

 
Steve Olenski
Social Media Today
 
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Using internet technology to promote awareness has had a significant impact on social change and grass root movements. Now, you have the ability to get your message out quickly, efficiently and inexpensively to your key dedicated supporters. You also have quickly have access to their networks of contacts and a broad general audience that may be interested in learning more that you could only reach through expensive methods previously.

 

As with all changes, there are some very important considerations to address:

 

  • Online communications often allow for feedback and interaction. While this is a tremendous benefit, it occasionally brings responses that are in direct opposition to your message. Prior to launching, have a plan to handle comments. For an example, follow this link.

     

  • Follow all copyright and restrictions on the works you share online. Out of respect for others work and legal requirements, if you are sharing someone else's work, always ask for permission. Many authors encourage wide distribution of their creations.

     

  • If you post your own photos, videos and images, have a photo/video release form to inform subjects that your organization posts and shares images. This allows them an opportunity to have their images removed from use. For an example, follow this link.

     

  • While social media sites and the materials you post can be very cost-effective, in most cases free, they do require time. Social media sites and blogs without regular updates fail to gain regular traffic or attention. Be willing to dedicate the time to and delegate the opportunity to keep your pages updated and fresh often.

 

MCEDSV recommends the following links for tips and techniques on engaging a community while using online tools.

 

Various ways to engage online

 

How to create a blog

 

How to create videos

 

How to create a podcast

 

How to create a Tumblr cause

 

Examples of engaging communities online

 

Using Facebook for event promotion

 

Using a Blog - Haven Uproot

 

Using Twitter - NNEDV

 

Using Youtube- MCEDSV

 

 

Nothing contained in this Toolkit is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice or expert recommendations. This information and any forms or agreements herein are intended for educational and informational purposes only.

Creating Written Art

"I have used the arts to help myself heal from past trauma. As a survivor, I found writing and performing imperative to my healing process because it gave me a place to take it and tell it. Some survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence are taught to stay quiet, keep secrets, and remain ashamed of what has happened to them. The arts is a wonderful way to help integrate expression back into the lives of those who have been hurt, silenced and immobilized. The experience is two fold in that as a performer I get to share my story and sometimes the stories of others, while at the same time shedding light on the dynamics involved in sexual assault or domestic violence. Through the arts one can manage the frustration and anger that comes with being perpetrated against and provide a healthy alternative to coping with that pain. To create a work of art, or knitting, or reciting poetry, or singing, or dancing, or making something happen with your hands can take the focus off the pain and provide an opportunity to use your talents and energy towards something positive and meaningful."

 

Kalimah Johnson
Sasha Center
 

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MCEDSV recommends the following links for tips and techniques on creating written art as a healing tool.

 

Various ways to create written art

 

Creating a comic

 

Writing an article

 

Creating and writing a blog

 

Creating a Tumblr cause

 

Writing and producing a play

 

 

Examples of written art

 

Stop Violence Everyday Stories

 

Dora E. McQuaid -- Poet

 

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Nothing contained in this Toolkit is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice or expert recommendations. This information and any forms or agreements herein are intended for educational and informational purposes only.

Creating Performance Art

 

"I did not realize that what I do is art. It sure did not start out as art.

 

The traumatic and catastrophic incident that moved me from being a victim to a survivor of domestic violence was very public. It made the headlines of all the local papers and was the lead story on the television news. My assailant died and I was in a coma. Afterwards, people came rushing up to me as one sees at a car accident. Everyone wanted to hear about my experience, so I started talking. I found that talking about my experience was cathartic. At first speaking was nerve wracking and I cried a lot. The Post Traumatic Stress was almost more than I could stand. After ten years of public speaking about my experience, I find that I bring power and passion to the work to end domestic violence, and to myself, through speaking.

 

People listen! I often wonder—If my assailant had known what gift I would find in his behavior, would he have just went home and left me alone? Now I am in the stage called Trauma Mastery. I do not think I could have gotten this far without being able to express myself through the spoken word."

 

Kelly Grandchamp
MCEDSV Survivors' Giving Circle Member

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MCEDSV recommends the following links for tips and techniques on creating performance art as a healing tool.

 

Various ways to create performance art

 

Creating a poetry slam

 

Creating a documentary film

 

Creating a video about your cause

 

Creating a podcast

 

Creating a play

 

Creative internvetions tool kit

 

 

Examples of performance art

 

MCEDSV acknowledges that some content may trigger emotional responses from survivors. Please beware that the content may also contain language that some may find objectionable. Review the following content with care.

 

Storytelling and Organizing Project - Stories

 

%20" target="_blank">ASUW Vagina Monologues cast performing Eve Ensler's "Over It"

 

%20" target="_blank">Andrea Gibson "Letter to a Playground Bully"

 

Nothing contained in this Toolkit is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice or expert recommendations. This information and any forms or agreements herein are intended for educational and informational purposes only.

Creating Visual Art

“I developed an organization called Be A Voice Arts. BAVA is me, Michelle Johnson Major. It is my story and it is my art. My show depicts various self portraits I painting during my abusive marriage and afterwards. The paintings are tortured and emotional representations of fear and terror and the feeling of being trapped in a helpless, hopeless situation. In addition to showing portraits depicting the pain of abuse, I now show many of my portraits that were butchered by my husband. "How Do You Paint the Portrait of Domestic Violence?" shows the paintings my husband destroyed in an effort to bring awareness to the ugly secret many women are hiding.”

 

 Michelle Johnson Mayer
Be a Voice Arts, From the BAVA website

 

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 MCEDSV recommends the following links for tips and techniques on creating performance art as a healing tool.

 

Various ways to create visual art

 

Creating a pledge wall

 

Creating a mural

 

Creating images for your cause

  

Creating a board

 

Creating a comic

 

Creating a Tumblr cause

 

Examples of visual art

 

MCEDSV acknowledges that some content may trigger emotional responses from survivors. Please beware that the content may also contain language that some may find objectionable. Review the following content with care.

 

A Window Between Worlds -- A variety of art exhibits

 

Beating Hearts -- Collage and stories

 

The Domestic Violence Series Foundation -- Oil Paintings

 

Stacie Dubay's "The Door"

 

Expressive Art Workshops

 

Nothing contained in this Toolkit is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice or expert recommendations. This information and any forms or agreements herein are intended for educational and informational purposes only.

 

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