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 Our Mission:
A Window Between Worlds is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.


Our Vision:
A Window Between Worlds envisions a world where safety, healing and hope replace violence, silence and shame; where art is a catalyst to release trauma, build resilience and ignite social change to end domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

Our Values:

Safety:
If trauma is understood as a break in safety, then safety must form the foundation for healing. Art creates a life-changing space for expression, release and healing.  
 Creativity: Artistic creation is a human right that belongs at the center of strategies for change by individuals, families and communities.
Transformation: Our most challenging struggles, voiced through art, can become strengths which catalyze social change and personal transformation. 
Respect:
We honor the inherent ability of each person to heal from trauma and believe art offers a pivotal path toward self-esteem, self-expression and self-empowerment.

Connection:
We foster the shared leadership of a broad network of individuals, agencies and sectors dedicated to using art to meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.
 Collaboration: More hands and minds working together on issues of abuse and violence builds deeper understanding, stronger community strategies, and greater personal safety for everyone. 

Diversity:
We honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that is inclusive of all.
  

Expanded Scope:
Our partners have long recognized the impact of Windows trauma-informed arts programs for survivors of all forms of trauma*. Now AWBW is being called upon to explore working with boys and men, veterans and their families, the trauma-informed movement, and the mental health field, with the overarching goal to build community capacity for resilience and healthy futures in the face of violence.

We are at a unique crossroads ready to explore these opportunities and see what is most impactful in this new phase of expanded services. Over the next few years AWBW is adapting our programs and curriculum of over 500 workshops to serve this diverse range of potential partners.

We are committed to making this resource available to any agency seeking a trauma-informed and strength-based service that offers art as a healing tool to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and other forms of prolonged trauma.

Our Work with Women and Children
Since 1991, AWBW has provided creative expression as a healing tool for over 131,000 women and their children in crisis shelters, transitional homes, and outreach centers throughout the United States.

By providing an environment that promotes healing, art workshops help individuals develop a renewed sense of hope and possibility that profoundly impacts future decisions regarding the direction of their lives, their relationships, and how to stay safe. Art empowers survivors of violence and trauma to transform how they view themselves, allowing them to see past the abusive messages they learned from their batterers and rebuild their self-confidence.

 The AWBW Program is available to any agency or organization seeking to implement art as healing tool for survivors of domestic violence. We invite you to learn more about our programs and to join us in using art to empower survivors and to break the silence surrounding domestic violence in our communities.

For further information on our programs please call us at (310) 396-0317 or e-mail info@awbw.org. For other domestic violence resources, see our Domestic Violence Resource List.

*A traumatic experience involves a threat to one's physical or emotional well-being, and elicits intense feelings of helplessness, terror, and lack of control (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).


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