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Join Me at the Table

Join Me at the Table

How  Individuals Can Cultivate Peaceful  Communities

From Aim to Action

We are fortunate to have a system of services across the country to respond to the needs of those who are victimized, shelter programs, some with counseling and legal advocacy services are a great example. But, they do not MEET the need. The majority of people who are in an abusive relationship never reach out to a shelter. If they did, they system would be further overwhelmed, a frequent concern of the here and now.

What if we worked to meet the people where they are, in the community, with services, expectations and consequences, needed for the true reduction in domestic violence we need? It can occur, if we rethink the strategy. 

Two forward thinking people's words  influence Join Me's mission, every day:

Andre Lorde-- The master's tools will never dismantle his own house.


Margaret Meade-- Never  underestimate the power of a small group of committed individuals to change the world. Indeed, its the only thing that ever has.

The system needs changed, Join Me in helping it happen.

Community Accountability Wheel Credit:  National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence


Debra Mize is the director of Join Me at the Table which was founded in to encourage community activism to reduce the incidence of gender- based violence. Believing in the theory that an informed community will make better choices, she has worked tirelessly showing options, opening avenues for services and developing relationships. Debby was formerly the Director of Prevention at the Violence Prevention Center for 15 years and recently completed her MPA—Master of Public Administration specializing in Gender Based Violence, from the University of Colorado, Denver. She has been a Certified Domestic Violence Professional through the State of Illinois for 17 years. She is also a Certified Life Coach.