In our effort to better understand, respond to, and prevent domestic violence, the NRCDV has developed a number of key initiatives to facilitate a deeper focus on a particular issue or population. The NRCDV’s five key initiatives include Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the DV Evidence Project, VAWnet, and the Women of Color Network.
Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence
With the recent launch of the BCSDV website, the NRCDV created a platform from which to continue to promote practical and concrete guidance on challenging advocacy issues, such as child safety and supporting victims with ongoing contact with abusive partners. The mission of BCS is to promote victim-defined advocacy and responses. We pursue this through analysis, technical assistance, information, and tools that are practical, ready to use and responsive to the complex challenges advocates face and victim-defined advocacy to ensure that each victim’s experience of violence, culture, life circumstances and children’s needs are used to determine the direction and focus of advocacy and safety strategies, whether on a individual advocacy or policy level. top
The Domestic Violence Awareness Project
The NRCDV’s Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports and promotes the national, tribal, territorial, state and local advocacy networks in their ongoing education efforts through public awareness campaigns, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building and TA. The voices, leadership and expertise of those who have experienced violence have informed the DVAP since its inception in 1998. A newly redesigned and expanded DVAP website was launched in August 2012, providing a more effective platform from which the NRCDV can accomplish its public education goal. The NRCDV will continue to expand the availability of online resources through pre-recorded webinars and BlogTalkRadio sessions that highlight such issues as effective social media marketing, addressing the needs of survivors across the life span, lessons learned from fatality reviews, and services for children exposed to violence. The website features a variety of materials available for free download, including translated versions of the NRCDV’s Advocate’s and Survivor’s speakers guides in Spanish and Arabic, newly designed handouts and informational “how to” guides on various campaign ideas, and access to a free searchable database to connect with other events in their area. top
The Domestic Violence Evidence Project is designed to assist state coalitions, local domestic violence programs, researchers, and other allied individuals and organizations better respond to the growing emphasis on identifying and integrating evidence-based practice into their work. The NRCDV has developed a domestic violence conceptual framework and online evidence resource center (to be available late October 2012), which houses a comprehensive evidence review of domestic violence core services, programs and promising/innovative practices. TA and training tools will be developed in parallel to enhance the domestic violence field’s capacity to thoughtfully and responsibly review and/or translate evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence into their work. top
VAWnet serves as the NRCDV’s primary dissemination vehicle for domestic violence information and materials to the field on domestic violence policy, practice and research. One of the NRCDV’s key initiatives, VAWnet is a comprehensive, full-text collection of online resources, developed with core funding from the National Center on Injury Prevention and Control/CDC and sustained with funding from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program at HHS. Ongoing feedback from the field confirms that advocates and practitioners working to end violence against women utilize VAWnet resources to increase their capacity, expand their knowledge, and identify best practice models for prevention and intervention. top
The mission of the Women of Color Network (WOCN) is to provide and enhance leadership capacity and resources that promote the activities of women of color advocates and activists to address violence against women and families within the Sovereign Nations, the United States and U.S. Territories. In May 2010, WOCN held a powerful National Call to Action Conference in New Orleans with over 300 participants and continues to promote diverse leadership within the domestic and sexual violence movement.
In October 2011, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Programs/FYSB/HHS awarded WOCN a five-year grant for a ground-breaking partnership to develop and implement a national project to expand leadership opportunities for women of color and currently underrepresented advocates within the anti-violence movement. Other Department of Justice-funded initiatives include a National Women of Color Economic and Policy Leadership Project and a National Call to Action Training and TA Project. WOCN also supports cultural competency and ally training, a mentor project providing peer support to advocates, and research on women of color and their programs. top