Macha’s Justice supports polytheists, pagans, magic-users, and people in related spiritual paradigms who are experiencing, or have experienced, gendered interpersonal violence like domestic violence and sexual assault. This is done through resource referrals, peer education, and community education.
While Macha’s Justice borrows its name from the Irish goddess, our support and the resources we provide are intended to be as diverse and as open-ended as possible to accommodate the needs of many different faiths, spiritualities, and traditions.
Macha’s Justice actively welcomes and supports all survivors regardless of gender identity, gender expression, sexual and romantic orientations, preferred relationship and family models, or employment (e.g. sex work).
The education we offer is centered around addressing the needs, concerns, and wants of survivors. To avoid a paternalistic, top-down approach as to what that looks like in practice as much as possible, Macha’s Justice is facilitated by survivors with professional experience in social services. It also offers opportunities for survivors to give feedback in their own words and to speak from their own experience.
MJ is not a body that makes referrals to formal institutions nor accepts them. Survivors and their allies are encouraged to engage our resources on their own terms, at their own pace, using what’s helpful and leaving aside what isn’t.
Discussing gender-based and interpersonal violence necessarily requires discussion of other forms of violence: racism, anti-Blackness and anti-Semitism, transphobia, anti-immigration, anti-sex work, ableism, ageism, and others. We endeavor to ensure that MJ’s resources are available and supportive to survivors of any intersection of identities.
MJ exists only as long as it addresses a need that exists. We welcome feedback on what’s working and what isn’t so that MJ remains responsive and up-to-date on community and survivor needs and demonstrates integrity by putting its ideals into actionable practice.
We are an interfaith group that approaches this work from the following premises:
- That every individual has the right to live free from fear and harm.
- That although many survivors of trauma share common experiences, there is no “one size fits all” healing process. Every individual’s healing will be, and should be, tailored to meet their own unique needs, means, goals, environment, and preferences.
- That no emotion is inherently bad but rather a normal and natural experience as a living person; what matters is how that emotion is expressed and how it impacts the quality of life for the survivor and the people around them.
- That violence is not an innate characteristic of a person, but a choice; this means that change is possible, but only when paired with appropriate support and accountability.
- That forgiveness is the survivor’s choice, not an obligation or requirement.
- That we live in relationship with other living humans, the land, ancestors and other dead, spirits, gods, and other entities that may defy easy categorization, and that it is our responsibility to work towards being in right relationship with those beings who wish to engage with us.
- That we have a responsibility to continue doing work that dismantles kyriarchy, raises the voices of oppressed people, and which actively and concretely supports their sovereignty as individuals and as communities.