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The VIGOR: A Free, Strengths Based Safety Planning Tool

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

VIGOR-English_Page_1The Victim Inventory of Goals, Options & Risks ( The VIGOR) is a new resource developed by National Latin@ Research Advisory Board Member Dr. Sherry Hamby, Research Professor of Psychology and Director of the Life Paths Research Program at the University of the South, along with Sarah Clark. It is a , and is intended as a guide to help survivors of violence assess risk factors and decide how to cope with their circumstances. As advocates and service providers, we know that survivors are much more than their experiences of violence, and there are many factors that influence a survivor’s decision-making process. This guide aims to emphasize the strengths of survivors in difficult situations so that they can take charge of their own decision-making process, draw upon their strengths, and be better prepared to confront the challenges ahead of them.

With the help of Anna Segura, Universitat de Barcelona, as well as Martha Hernandez Martinez and Heidi Notario, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, the VIGOR has been translated into Spanish, as well as Catalan. You can access the translations in Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), and Catalan, below.

“I believe we can do better for victims and all those who are touched by domestic violence. We hear the horror stories, but there are also many inspirational stories about survival and resilience. I want to shift the conversation off of damaging stereotypes. We should not ask “Why doesn’t she just leave?” We should ask about everything that affects coping, from custody battles to homelessness to trying to uphold religious or other values.” – Sherry Hamby, Ph.D

Visit the website.

Watch Sherry Hamby’s webinar with the National Latin@ Network and Latina Researchers Network.

View the VIGOR (English)
View the VIGOR (Spanish, Latin America)
View the VIGOR (Spanish, Spain)
View the VIGOR (Catalán)

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