Often, organizations, churches, or institutions find themselves thinking about their cultures, policies, and practices surrounding sexualized and spiritual violence because they have learned of violence in their own context. Many times, there is only a real investigation after initial attempts to address the violence have failed or done more harm. At this point, it’s time to bring in an outside firm to do an independent audit or investigation.
Of course, we at Into Account believe it is wise to bring in an outside firm to do a full audit of your culture, policies, and practices before you’ve been made aware of violence in your own context. Wherever you are in the process, our expertise can help you choose a survivor-centered firm.
There are two types of firms who do this work. There are firms specializing in seeking truth and justice for survivors. There are firms dedicated to ensuring organizations and institutions meet minimum legal requirements to avoid liability.
Here are some keys to telling the difference. Continue reading