The overall goals of this proposed session include, knowledge gain, de-siloing of disciplines, and increased community engagement. Recognizing that oppression is at the root of sexual violence/IPV we approach this work through an anti-oppressive lens and seek to walk participants through the sexual violence and reproductive justice intersection. Reproductive justice intersects with almost all aspects of anti-violence work; from child welfare and policing to addressing homelessness and the cycle of poverty. Yet conversations between the two movements remain limited.

This proposed session will offer an introduction to understanding this intersection and assist participants in building knowledge and skills on how best to support survivors as they navigate their reproductive health. Additionally, presenters will discuss racial disparities in maternal and reproductive health. Oppression is a root cause of power-based (SV/DV) violence. Therefore, doing anti-oppression work is sexual violence prevention.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will have a strong understanding of key concepts, related policies, and critical next steps. Drawing on the presenter’s extensive experience in maternal health work and intimate partner violence, participants will leave with an understanding of why addressing the overlap is a core component to starting critical conversations to address sexual violence.


Simone Snyder, Catie Buttner

Area of Focus

Reproductive Justice