One of our mission goals is to give voice to the people. 
Here is a space where you can share your personal story. 
Many victims could not be in a position to have their voices heard, but these people survived to tell and show that they had "turned around" and that "they are living a kind of second life".
Our platform aims to help those who are reluctant to ‘report’ and, therefore, it includes an information sheet on the crimes of domestic violence and a series of corresponding useful contacts.
With the primary objective of participating directly in the processes of change that concern their lives, and sharing their life experience with the society in general and other female victims of violence in particular, a group of women survivors of violence founded a group called FLOW - Group of Women Self-Representatives Surviving Gender Violence. This group committed itself to the creation of a reflective and sharing space, and a vehicle to grant voice to the needs and perspectives of women survivors of gender violence. The aim is to promote their empowerment on individual and community levels. This group emerged in the context of the Association of Women against Violence, seeking to break with the absence of a collective voice, and self-representation movements.
On the one hand, the genesis of this group starts from the idea that the women survivors of violence must be involved in the process of defending their rights, and that their voice and perspectives must be valued in solving this serious problem. They can assist to support services that take intervention measures and create policies to combat gender-based violence.
On the other hand, this assertion is based on the essential thought that the women survivors of violence, due to their life experience and history of violence, have the valuable knowledge and unique abilities to solve this social problem. The full exercise of citizenship implies that the developments are shared and participative contexts in the decision-making process and the promotion of methodologies for involvement in the process of social change are performed.
In this sense, women who are survivors of gender-based violence must be recognized as “experience experts”, and not as the ‘users of services’. Thus, the support organizations should promote initiatives for the participation and involvement of women in decision-making processes. This initiative will help them to voice their opinions; namely on the quality of the services they provide and on the work guidelines they practice.
Currently, the group is constituted of women survivors of multiple gender oppressions, including the attempted marital murder, rape, violence in intimate relationships, stalking, forced marriage, forced abortion, slavery, and kidnapping. Their diverse stories of violence are reported under the discriminatory atmosphere against women, where the society under the “male domination” (Bourdieu, 1999) remains strongly instituted and legitimized.
Illustrating the fact that gender violence is not confined to the geographical boundaries, it encompasses all cultures, nationalities, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious and educational groups. This group includes women with various individual characteristics in terms of their (nationality), ethnics and believes.
Although there is no single profile of the victim/survivor, as indicated by the literature and the field experience, the aggressor's exercise of control and power has emerged in a recurring way, and as a common manifestation of this problem, in all the stories of violence experienced by these women. It is in this great common discourse that the group's mission merges, in an activist and feminist perspective, in permanent (re)construction, in which the meaning of the word feminism is constantly (re)thought, (re)evaluated, (re)positioned before the current challenges.
Self-representation is the ability of a specific group to define a mission, clarify its objectives, and plan and develop its actions accordingly, in defense of their rights and interests. The group has focused its mission on “active fight against gender violence, in a perspective of social change and the promotion of gender equality, seeking to give visibility to the views and thoughts of women survivors of gender violence”

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We support that the survivors of domestic violence must be heard unequivocally.

In this sense, women who are survivors of gender-based violence must be recognized as “experience experts”, and not as the ‘users of services’. Thus, the support organizations should promote initiatives for the participation and involvement of women in decision-making processes. This initiative will help them to voice their opinions; namely on the quality of the services they provide and on the work guidelines they practice.

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