Restorative Practices – Business Solution Model

Business Model (Safe Space Project) Goals

1. Prepare Victim for Restorative Practices

2. Prepare perpetrator for Restorative Practices

3. Prepare family and friends for restorative practices.

4. Provide infrastructure for restorative practices

5. Provide ongoing support for perpetrators, victims, families, and friends


Current programs that respond to domestic violence have gaps. Pie, Felicia! (Safe Space Project) addresses those gaps. Pie, Felicia! (Safe Space Project) provides the space for changing the stigma and culture that perpetuates domestic violence through the use of restorative justice, by (1) empowering community members; (2) guiding the community toward ending the practices of shaming and blaming, (3) providing a place for individuals can go during the tension building phase of the cycle of domestic violence — for a “time apart”, and support for ending the cycle of domestic violence.


The Problem (or “Why Our Community Needs Pie, Felicia! (Safe Space Project)”
1 out of 4 women and 1 out of 7 men will be victims of domestic violence. Children who repeatedly witness the cycle of domestic violence, (and are not allowed opportunity to process what they have seen) are more likely to commit acts of domestic violence.

The cycle of domestic violence has four phases: Tension building, trigger, explosive event, honeymoon. We will address three problems that perpetuate systemic domestic violence:

1. Lack of support for families in the tension building and trigger phases;
2. Lack of financial security;
3. Lack of empowerment / awareness of choice.

The Solution
Pie, Felicia! (Safe Space Project) fosters and provides opportunity for relationship building within the community, and empowering and supporting victims and survivors, to break the cycle.

Currently, in domestic dispute situations, law enforcement responds to the scene, and directs one of the parties to leave the space. Unfortunately in Tucson, it is hot outside. Coupled with the fact that the individual may not have anywhere to go, they wander around while getting hotter (emotionally and physically). The individuals and family members enter into crisis, ready to respond with fight, flight, or freeze.

Victims of domestic violence are hesitant to leave offenders of domestic violence for a variety of reasons including lack of finances, isolation, and fear. Children witness the cycle of living in fear and frustration, the inability to bridge gaps, and the crisis response in the form of fight, flight, and freeze.

While in the fight, flight, freeze phase, families and community members do not have safe space for obtaining resources and support.

Additionally, victims and survivors are limited in the support they have for avoiding recitivism.

Current programs leave gaps in the system (e.g. there is limited support for victims of coercive control – a type of domestic violence that has not been identified as criminal), and current programs are unable to meet the needs of all victims and survivors, due to the sheer number of victims and survivors.

Also, victims of coercive control/domestic violence have difficulty trusting others, and individuals are not all connecting with current existing programs for victims and survivors of domestic violence.

The Social Impact
Reduced rates of domestic violence.


Pie, Felicia! is an innovative business model approach with social impact

Current models for ending the system of domestic violence are punitive, not restorative, due to traditional concepts of popular culture. In American sports, there is 9ne winner, and the others are losers. With restorative practices, everyone is a winner.

Everyone is a winner with Pie, Felicia! Perpetrators practice empathy, victims (and future victims) find their voices, and the community learns about how they perpetuate the cycle (and how they can help end the cycle)…. and everyone eats Pie!!

The Customers
The primary target market is the area within 5 miles of the diner. This area is one of the more economically depressed areas of Tucson, with high rates of domestic violence, and repeat offenders. This is where many of the Safe Space Project customers will come from.

However, the customer base extends past the 5 miles. The second set of customers who will be served by this space is the Pie, Felicia customers.

Safe Space Project Customers
One of the reasons for domestic violence is the stress on families and individuals due to being economically depressed. There is less room for error in regards to finances. An unexpected illness can cause a crisis for the family. In spite of efforts to help provide equity for Tucsonans in a lower socio-economic status, the distance to bridge the gaps is challenging, and oftentimes inescapable as the system perpetuates the cycle.

We must break the cycle.

With the Safe Space Project, one (or both) of the parties (and the children) would be able to go to the Safe Space (e.g. the diner), where crisis response mentors who are familiar with resources in the city and county are able to help the individual identify solutions to the root cause of the domestic dispute (e.g. financial need, etc), while the children are able to participate in activity (going to Funtasticks or the Mall) in a safe environment with another mentor, and food and restrooms, out of the heat are available. A safe space allows individuals to come down out of crisis. We would be proactive, instead of reactive. This would be the pilot location for the Safe Space Project, especially convenient because it is on the transit line, and a variety of businesses (including the Tucson Mall) are nearby.

The fee for the Safe Space Project customers will be by donation (including “word of mouth advertising” and “sweat equity”). Many Safe Space Project customers will want to be able to give back, and opportunities will exist through volunteering or donations, when they are ready.


How it works

With the Safe Space Project, one (or both) of the parties (and the children) would be able to go to Pie, Felicia! where crisis response mentors who are familiar with resources in the city and county are able to help the individual identify solutions to the root cause of the domestic dispute (e.g. financial need, etc), while the children are able to participate in activity (going to Funtasticks or the Mall) in a safe environment with another mentor, and food and restrooms, out of the heat are available. A safe space allows individuals to come down out of crisis. We would be proactive, instead of reactive. This would be the pilot location for the Safe Space Project, especially convenient because it is on the transit line, and a variety of businesses (including the Tucson Mall) are nearby.

The fee for Pie, Felicia! (Safe Space Project) intervention services will be by donation (including “word of mouth advertising” and “sweat equity”). Many Interventions participants will want to be able to give back, and opportunities will exist through volunteering or donations, when they are ready.

“Pie, Felicia” Customers
The Bread and Butter will come from the diner’s “Pie, Felicia” community program. Pie, Felicia! is a play on the existing meme “Bye, Felicia”. It reflects the vision of our small business — that we have the power to make things better; instead of being ashamed and shamed, we can speak up, use humor, and set boundaries.

“Pie, Felicia” Customers will have the ability to enjoy pie while participating in the Tucson Quilt Project, or other Activities while at the Diner. The Tucson Quilt Project quilts encourage participants to share their message with the world. Themes have included participant’s passions, thoughts on peace, sustainability, music, voluntarism, things that are fancy, and more! They have been displayed in various locations throughout the community including the Monterey Court, the Eckstrom-Columbus Library, the Surly Wench Pub, and Golden Pin Lanes.

The dessert pies will be ordered from local bakeries such as La Baguette Bakery, the Welcome Diner, and the Cup Cafe; the savory pies will be ordered from local pizzerias (and potentially have their portable cooking set-ups that frequent Farmer’s Markets, etc) in the parking lot.


Scaleability

Pie, Felicia! will be the pilot program for the Safe Space Projects. Currently, Felicia Chew Community Projects has two regular monthly contributors funding the program. Additionally, several regular events are held (and several local partnerships) including:

  • First Fridays with Felicia
  • Walk-a-Mile on the First Saturday of each month
  • Monthly “Help End Systemic Domestic Violence” events.
  • Monthly appearances on Wake Up, Tucson!
  • Quarterly Tucson Zines Writing Challenge
  • Tucson Quilt Project events
  • Meetings with stakeholders through the Domestic Violence Support Services project
  • Contract with Pima County Library Programs
  • Partnership with Surly Wench Pub, Monterey Court Gallery, Gloo Factory, Golden Pin Lanes, and other local businesses.
  • Conversations with State Legislators, local policy makers, Pima County Victim Services, Pima County Public Defenders Office, perpetrators, victims, pie makers, and community members.

With increased funding, increased outreach and programming can occur, and the Safe Space mentors can respond to more areas.


The Team

Felicia Chew, Project Lead. Felicia is a survivor of domestic violence and has been a participant of Emerge! and the Project SAFE. Felicia is trained in Victimology, Crisis Response, First Aid, and CPR. Felicia holds teaching certificates in Arizona and California, and has also taught on the Zuni Indian Reservation and in New Mexico. http://www.feliciachew.com

Hanson Fotherby, Research and Outreach. Hanson is passionate about helping his neighborhood return to a state of economic vitality. He has been an active part of the Oracle area Revitalization Project and is working to identify how historic tours may benefit the community.

Rosemary Bolza, Public Health Nurse. Rosemary is working toward educating our community on the impacts of sexual assault.

Kathy Morrow, Community Activist/Outreach Specialist. Kathy is experienced in community development, and is originally from this area. She is working on identifying ways to provide permanent housing to survivors of domestic violence who make the decision to leave their abusers.

Zack Busch, Educator. Zack is an educator with a passion for empowering our youth to make healthy choices.

Ellen Kirton, SBA, SBDG, Pima Community College


Accomplishments and Partnerships

  • Meetings with stakeholders through the Domestic Violence Support Services project
  • Contract with Pima County Library Programs
  • Partnership with Surly Wench Pub, Monterey Court Gallery, Gloo Factory, Golden Pin Lanes, and other local businesses
  • Completion of Eller Business Certificate program
  • Advisor at SBDG through Pima Community College
  • Conversations with State Legislators, local policy makers, Pima County Victim Services, Pima County Public Defenders Office, perpetrators, victims, pie makers, and community members.
  • Wake Up, Tucson! community
  • Ward 3 and City of Tucson Community Members (Felicia is a former City Council Candidate)
  • U of A student videographer
    Startup Tucson

Funding Plan

1. Cold calls, warm calls
2. Partnerships with local businesses
3. Grant funding


Needs

1. Secure space
2. Train mentors
3. Marketing
4. Materials for pies and quilts
5. Hire staff


Join the movement to end systemic domestic violence by building relationships through sharing stories, art, perspectives, and PIE!!!!

Become a sponsor at http://www.feliciachew.com/support

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