Intersectionality, a concept coined in the 1980’s by Kimberlé Crenshaw, describes the ways in which oppressive institutions are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another. In other words, a person who identifies as both a woman and a person of color may experience discrimination differently than someone who identifies as both a man and a person of color. Intersectionality, is a lens for seeing the way in which various forms of identity often operate together and integrate together. For a brief intro, watch this 3-minute video on Intersectionality.

To bring the concept of Intersectionality into the field of victim advocacy means we must  must examine and identify all facets of a survivor’s identity in order to address their complex, unique needs and understand how they impact their ability to access services and systems.

SCCADVASA’s Intersectionality Toolkit

Click on any of the circles below to access tools and resources for providing victim services to various populations and marginalized communities. While this toolkit is not all-inclusive, it serves as a starting point to help victim-serving agencies and professionals begin the process of intersectional transformation. SCCADVASA further recommends that organizations embrace collaboration and partnership to address inequalities around social and racial justice, gender and sexual orientation, different-ableness, immigration, and more. We ask that you help us identify “Who are we missing?” by providing suggestions via the linked circle below for additional resources or to share communities to connect in this work.

Black and Brown Survivors LGBTQI+ Disabilities Immigrants and People with Limited English Unstably Housed History of Incarceration Substance Use Disorders Survivors in Later Life Native/Indigenous Survivors Mental Health Disorder Who are we missing?