The Power of Storytelling

Christina Love learned to keep a lifetime of violence a secret for over two decades. Like many survivors, she turned to alcohol and drugs as a way to cope with trauma. As an adult Christina experienced homelessness.  She found herself a shell of the human she once was and unable to recognize her reflection in the mirror. She was often denied access to the services that were designed to help. This form of systemic abuse not only retraumatized her but was its own trauma.

Through the art and tradition of storytelling, Christina Love will recall harmful events as a child and adult. She will also tell stories of what services, practices, and words empowered healing and hope.

In this fifth segment of our ongoing series, Christina will weave together each of the previous topics, that include: the importance of understanding how our history of violence has laid the groundwork for the injustices we see today, the multiple layers of trauma that each survivor can experience, the intersection of substance use and trauma, the liberation of education and the power of community and connection.

Christina wants the world to know that recovery is possible “NO MATTER WHAT” and that each life is worthy of our time and efforts!

***The topic of violence can be a sensitive issue for survivors. This webinar deals with very sensitive issues and may be disturbing, triggering memories or repressed feelings.



Presented by: IAFN’s ISAAC Project

Speaker: Christina Love, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


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