OUR MISSION

Through a holistic approach to healing the physical and emotional self, applying Creative Art- and Movement Therapies, 
The Changing Room 11 is committed to helping victims of physical/emotional violence and sexual abuse overcome their trauma - guiding them from surviving to thriving.


The Changing Room 11 has developed a unique operating framework using multifaceted techniques to heal the mind and body including:

The 11 Challenges, a step-by-step program designed as a platform for self-examination that leads to a deeper understanding of why being a victim of violence is so repetitive in nature

The Companion Network, a caring and compassionate system of mutual aid cultivated from within the group work encourages individuals who have already benefitted from the program to assist the newcomer

Dance + Movement Therapy, a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma that addresses the physiology as well as root causes of trauma symptoms

Creative Art-Therapy incorporated into the group treatment as a means to overcome denial and shame [widely recognized among dominant factors for revictimization] on the emotional, non-verbal level


Purpose & Values

PARTNERING WITH PURPOSE

Building on the experience and the successes of a range of methodologies in the field of trauma healing and with a focus on helping women to move from surviving into thriving, The Changing Room offers an integrated approach in which the women are the central figure
 

CAPACITY BUILDING

By collaborating with experienced professionals and integrating the therapeutic program in to existing nonprofit organizations throughout New York City, the Changing Room is enhancing the capacity and expanding the scope of programs currently offered to female victims of emotional/physical violence and sexual assault


 

DEFINITIONS + STATISTICS

*DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is defined as a pattern of emotionally, physically or sexually abusive behavior that one person uses in a relationship to control another person. It can occur in families and friendships, and the manipulation is often times very subtle.

**TRAUMA is used to describe experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing, and that overwhelm people’s ability to cope, leaving them powerless. Trauma has sometimes been defined in reference to circumstances that are outside the realm of normal human experience. Unfortunately, this definition doesn’t always hold true. For some groups of people, trauma can occur frequently and become part of the common human experience.
“Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.” — Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery. 

ONE OF THE BEST PREDICTORS OF FUTURE VICTIMIZATION IS PAST VICTIMIZATION:

-***Research indicates that 11% of assault victims suffer 25% of all assaults over a 25-year period.
-***Women who experienced sexual abuse once are 46% more likely to be sexually assaulted again.
-***43% of domestic violence incidents occurring over a 25-month period involved only about 7% of 1,450 households.
-***Child sexual abuse victims have been found to be 3-5 times more likely to experience subsequent adult victimization than respondents who had not experienced any type of child abuse.
-***Repeat victims suffer higher rates of mental health problems:
-***Sexual revictimization is positively correlated with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD), peritraumatic dissociation, and sexual preoccupation.
-***Revictimized women report higher levels of depression, anxiety, hostility, PTSD related symptomatology, and more somatic complaints than women with adult abuse only.
-In New York City, police respond to almost 250,000 domestic and other violence calls per year— that is more than 680 calls every day.

 

*DOJ 

**Centre for Nonviolence & Social Justice

***CDC Data