National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

The Mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives. NCADV believes violence against women and children results from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships, and from societal abuse of power and domination in the forms of sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, able-bodyism, ageism and other oppressions. NCADV recognizes that the abuses of power in society foster battering by perpetuating conditions, which condone violence against women a...

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
One Broadway, Suite B210
Suite 210B
Denver, Colorado 80203
United States
303-839-1852
http://ncadv.org

Board of Directors

Ruth Jewell, Annie Fukushima, Peggy Payne, Barbara Blunt, Cheryl Brown, Rita Smith

Mission

The Mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives. NCADV believes violence against women and children results from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships, and from societal abuse of power and domination in the forms of sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, able-bodyism, ageism and other oppressions. NCADV recognizes that the abuses of power in society foster battering by perpetuating conditions, which condone violence against women and children. Therefore, it is the mission of NCADV to work for major societal changes necessary to eliminate both personal and societal violence against all women and children. NCADV strives to make issues relating to battered women and children a political and legislative priority in the U.S. This is made possible through progressive domestic violence legislation as a major platform in local, state, and national elections that coincide NCADV research and public policy expertise informing policy proposals and implementation. NCADV strives to unite all safe houses, shelters, battered women's and children's programs and local domestic violence services under NCADV's umbrella so that our unified voice is a powerful one and those underrepresented groups are heard. NCADV strives to expand domestic and dating violence education and services to underrepresented communities: tribal, immigrant, lesbian, teens, disabled, older, Jewish, Muslim, women of color, and other populations that may yet be unidentified. The ongoing work of NCADV is made visible through the purple ribbon campaign and the implementation of a national domestic violence awareness month (October). NCADV's work includes coalition building at the local, state, regional and national levels; support for the provision of community-based, non-violent alternatives - such as safe home and shelter programs - for battered women and their children; public education and technical assistance; policy development and innovative legislation; focus on the leadership of NCADV's caucuses developed to represent the concerns of organizationally under represented groups; and efforts to eradicate social conditions which contribute to violence against women and children.

Programs

An upcoming priority for the NCADV is the 15th National Conference Domestic Violence and NOMAS' 37th National Conference on Men and Masculinity, "Preserving Our Roots While Looking to the Future" July 21-25, 2012 in Denver, Colorado, USA. This conference priorities is informed by a manifold of programs. NCADV is governed by a working Board of Directors comprised of caucus representatives and at-large members who are themselves active in domestic violence programs in their own communities. NCADV represents both rural and urban areas of the nation. Our programs involve and support battered women of all social, racial, ethnic, religious and economic groups, ages, and lifestyles. Active caucuses include Battered/Formerly Battered Women, Women of Color, LBTGQQI, Jewish Women, Muslim Women, Rural Women, Child witnesses, and Queer Persons of Color. Due to the commitment of NCADV to represent minority voices, the board membership prioritizes ensuring that fifty percent of the board of directors are self-identified survivors of domestic violence (a.k.a. formerly battered). Other priorities in the leadership includes: women of color, indigenous and queer/lesbian. NCADV serves as a national information and referral center for the general public, media, battered women and their children, allied and member agencies and organizations. NCADV has a strong track record of providing programs with information and technical assistance, and has promoted the development of innovative programs which address the special needs of all battered women, and the battered women's programs. Education and collaboration are a priority, which has led to the sponsorship of eleven national conferences on domestic violence, which provide a unique forum within the battered women's movement for networking, dialogue, debate, leadership development, and celebration. Although the law is not the only venue of social change, the law reinforces and impacts attitude, and therefore becomes an important vehicle for NCADV. Legislative and public policy initiatives spearheaded by NCADV includes, but not limited to: organized testimony for the Attorney General's Task Force hearings on Family Violence; worked with federal legislators to develop priorities for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds for battered women's programs; supported the development and passage of the Violence Against Women Act (1994 and 2005); and was active in the passage of the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban (1996). The NCADV Public Policy Office leads other advocacy groups in Washington, D.C in developing cohesive strategies on legislation and policy that address the intersection of issues that often keep battered women trapped by violence, such as transitional housing, cultural issues, welfare reform, and the impact of domestic violence on children and youth. Advocacy in Congress on such issues as the full funding of the Violence Against Women Act programs and research on issues affecting victims of domestic violence to compile information for the creation of legislation and policy, has led to NCADV being a leader to individuals and groups seeking information on legislation, laws, policy, studies, and other resources about domestic violence. Amd. NCADV's Annual National Lobby Day provides the opportunity for battered women and battered women's advocates from around the country to address their national representatives about the issues affecting battered women in their communities and how they can make a difference when they vote. Lobby Day is a critical component to the passage of key legislation for battered women's safety, visibility of the issue, and public education. We organize battered women and battered women's advocates nationally to participate fully in the democratic process in an effort to influence legislation and policy that affect battered women. The Public Policy Publications include: legislative updates on current national legislation, policy and efforts to end domestic violence; fact sheets on targeted issues such as domestic violence homicide; dating violence; children who witness domestic violence; domestic violence in the workplace; men as victims of violence; and domestic violence in communities of color. NCADV's Appropriations Briefing Books illustrate how monies allocated for domestic violence and sexual assault programs have been actually distributed and where the deficits lie. Action alerts serve to encourage our constituency to e-mail, call, or write their Senators and Representatives and urge Members of Congress to support legislation aimed at ending violence in our communities. The Legislative Action Guides are used to teach advocates and others about the democratic process and how they can effectively influence their Senators and Representatives on issues that affect domestic violence victims. NCADV priorities are driven by its membership. Members oftentimes self-identify with the NCADV caucuses and institutes, and the benefits is that they receive discounts on trainings, conference and products, and access to NCADV's National Directory of Domestic Violence Programs, online newsletters and alerts, and the NCADV Voice: The Journal of the Battered Women's Movement, which is published several times a year. The Financial Education Project addresses one of the main roadblocks battered women face when leaving a violent relationship--financial independence. Through trainings provided across the country, the project teaches advocates and others in the domestic violence field how to start, maintain, and structure financial education programs within their own communities to provide battered women with better financial information to help them remain free from their abuser. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Support (CRS) Program, in partnership with three medical associations, is the only NCADV program that brings services directly to survivors who have been physically scarred by an intimate partner or spouse. The program offers women who have been injured by a spouse or intimate partner an opportunity to remove the physical scars of abuse, often an important step as they move forward with their lives. CRS includes: Face-To-Face is a program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and provides facial plastic surgery for injuries to the head, face, and neck. Give Back A Smile is a program of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and provides cosmetic dentistry for injuries to the front teeth. S.C.O.R.E.S. is a program of the American Society of Dermatological Surgery and repairs skin injuries on the body like burns, scars, and tattoos. Not all individuals live to survive their abuse, and in the 1990s inspired by Ms. Magazine, NCADV has led the "Remember My Name" Project; an ongoing project dedicated to compiling the names of women and family members killed as a result of domestic violence, and producing posters annually to display the names of victims and building a comprehensive database on cases of lethal domestic violence. NCADV sells a variety of Domestic Violence Awareness Products that can help community-based programs educate others about the impact of domestic violence. Our "She Only Got Flowers Once" poster, purple ribbons pins, magnets, bumper stickers, clothing, and other items provide a unified message of intolerance for domestic violence. Please visit http://shop.ncadv.org. NCADV's Information and Referral program provides information, resources, referrals, and technical support addressing a wide spectrum of domestic violence topics and strategies for survivors, service agencies, and interested parties. Because NCADV is committed to collaboration and the voices of survivors of domestic violence, NCADV hosts biennial national conferences on domestic violence provide a unique forum for battered women, battered women's advocates, and others serving victims of domestic violence. At these conferences, participants can network, debate, create new dialogue, develop leadership, and learn about innovative and effective programming focused on ending domestic violence. The conferences enabled the formation of the National Directory of Domestic Violence Programs--A Guide to Community Shelter, Safe Homes and Service Programs provides up-to-date information about domestic violence programs throughout the country, each with a comprehensive profile of services. Also included in the directory is a listing of all the state coalitions and national resource centers dealing with domestic violence and related issues. www.ncadv.org: NCADV's website that provides information on all NCADV programs, activities, and events as well as information on legislative issues, domestic violence research material, and other related topics. It is a widely used tool, attracting over two million visits a year.

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