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Survivors' Voices

We need your voice

The Peterborough Domestic Abuse Network is seeking survivors of domestic or relationship abuse to guide and advise us in our work. We wish to connect with survivors who want to share their knowledge, experience and expertise with us.

Break the Chain:

Why get involved?

Your input is critically important to our work. We value and respect your opinions. By getting involved, you can help us to improve and strengthen our response to victims/survivors of abuse. You can make a significant contribution to the fight against domestic abuse in your community. We also hope that you will gain valuable experience, opportunities and benefits, including:

  • Self-empowerment
  • Personal development
  • Networking with other survivors
  • Group support
  • Training
  • Opportunities to take action

We provide support and training

PDAN will provide survivors with support and training to enable and facilitate participation in our work. Members of the new Survivor Advisory Group will receive an honourarium, as well as full reimbursement for childcare and transportation expenses. We will also provide free training, skills development and ongoing moral support.

Ways to get involved

There are many ways women and men survivors can get involved with PDAN. You can assist in domestic abuse prevention work through community education and outreach. You can also help to identify how we can better meet the needs of individuals experiencing domestic or relationship abuse. Some of the ways to participate include:

  • Join our new women's Survivor Advisory Group to help inform and guide PDAN's work. (See below for more information.)
  • Provide input into local service planning, delivery and evaluation.
  • Identify and advise on current/emerging issues.
  • Educate the public and professionals.
  • Raise community awareness.
  • Participate in speaking engagements.
  • Take part in the annual Week Without Violence.
  • Advocate for change.
  • Help support/train other survivors.
  • Provide general feedback at any time through our Survivor's Voicebox.

Survivor Advisory Group

Members of the Survivor Advisory Group will play a vital role in informing and guiding the actions of PDAN. Our aim is to recruit a diverse group of women survivors from throughout Peterborough City and County. Members of the advisory group will have past lived experience with domestic or relationship abuse.

The group will help define its Terms of Reference (mandate, goals, objectives). Members will attend regular meetings to discuss and review the work of PDAN. The group will provide input into the planning and provision of local services for victims of domestic abuse. It will also identify projects and activities that it wishes to undertake.

Members of the group will receive training, skills development and ongoing moral support to enable them to work confidently in this capacity. Administrative support will also be provided.

Depending on the level of interest, there may also be opportunities for men survivors to develop their own advisory group.

Our commitment to you

We recognize that in order to fulfill our mission, we need survivors' voices. Without your input, our work will remain incomplete and not fully informed. In exchange for your participation, we commit to working with you in an environment of honesty, trust, mutual respect and mutual assistance. Confidentiality and anonymity will be respected.

We also commit to working with you for real change where needed and wherever possible. While there will be inevitable constraints and challenges, we believe that there are real possibilities and opportunities for achieving positive change.

This initiative has the full commitment and support of all PDAN members. We remain accountable to those individuals in our community who have experienced domestic abuse.

How to get involved

PDAN will be hosting an information session for all interested survivors in the near future.

Please contact us if you are interested or would like more information about getting involved with PDAN.


"Tell survivors by getting involved and being a voice heard can empower them. What a difference it has made in my life and how I have really made a difference and in turn have turned something horrific into a positive part of my life... to be able to be strong enough to stand up in front of an audience and tell my story and what they can do to see the signs, etc. So really let them know how getting involved can help them."
-Survivor, Survivor Voices OAITH (Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses)