Episode 24: The healing power of survivor impact panels
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Survivors deserve a variety of options for support, justice and healing.  In this episode, Ruth and David interview a survivor, practitioner and researcher involved with US-based survivor impact panels. Janette Barcenas is a survivor whose healing journey was strengthened by her participation in survivor impact panels and one-on-one dialogs with people who had chosen violence.   She speaks about how much she gained from choosing to participate in these processes. Matt Johnston, a manager of these dialog programs, describes how the structure of these programs help both survivors and perpetrators.  Our third guest,  Dr.  Kate Sacket Kerrigan shares the research results including the increases in empathy, guilt and greater understanding of partners’ perspectives by perpetrators. 

In the show, the guest talk about: 

  • How the dialogs and survivor panels worked
  • How survivors’ needs were at the center of the processes
  • How perpetrators’ may have benefitted from the dialogs and panels. 

If you want to learn more about this approach you can reach out to mattjohnstonlpc@gmail.com or ksackett@pdx.edu. Or check out the SCARS (Survivor Collective Alliance, Reaching Society) website

To read about the intervention:

Sackett Kerrigan, K. & Mankowski, E. S. (2020). How surrogate impact panels function in the context of intimate partner violence: A mixed-methods study. Victims & Offenders, DOI: 10.1080/15564886.2020.1764427

To extend your learning:
Episode 17: Choose to Change: Your Behavior, Your Choice’: A new community-based men’s behavior change toolkit

Episode 18: Survivors aren’t Broken! An intimate discussion about support and partnership in relationships

Episode 20: Partnering with Survivors Using Restorative Practices: An interview with Dr. Eloise Sepeda

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