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By: Kenneth E. Noyes, Executive Director

It is often said that change is good and my transition presents new opportunities for DCCADV.  The Coalition’s transformation in the last five years has yielded extremely positive results for victims and survivors of domestic violence.  DCCADV and its membership have strengthened partnerships, enhanced training efforts with law enforcement and member advocates, increased statutory rights and protections for victims and survivors and successfully increased the number of emergency and transitional shelter beds in the city.  As a coalition we can all be proud.  (more…)

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By: Shawndell N. Dawson, Communications & Organizational Advancement Director

The National Network to End Domestic Violence’s (NNEDV) Domestic Violence Census Report released on March 8, 2010 sheds new light on access to domestic violence services here in the District.

For the fourth consecutive year, NNEDV conducted a one-day, unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence services in the U.S. We documented:

  • The number of individuals who sought services.
  • Types of services requested.
  • Number of service requests unmet due to lack of resources.
  • Issues and barriers that domestic violence programs face as they strive to provide services to victims of domestic violence. (more…)

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By: Rebecca O’Connor, Policy Director

DCCADV’s Policy Department hit the ground running in 2010, working to advance an ambitious policy agenda and responding to legislation filed by the D.C. Council and Mayor Fenty’s Administration.  In addition to securing funding for core services in the District, we are also working to address discrimination by employers and insurers against victims and survivors.

Recently, Councilmember Muriel Bowser introduced the Healthcare Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence Reform Act of 2010, which amends the D.C. Code to prohibit insurers from discriminating against victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  The District is one of only a handful of jurisdictions that remains without this protection. This legislation reflects of recommendations that the Coalition provided to Mayor Fenty’s Administration. The Coalition will offer testimony in support of the legislation March 24th. (more…)

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DCCADV EXTENDS SINCERE APPRECIATION TO THE 2009 HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE DONORS

Brightening a child’s holiday creates a joy that extends well beyond that one moment.  With the onset of one of the worst financial downturns in recent history, families are experiencing more need than ever. This year, through the generosity of community members and our partnerships, we were able to provide those families in need with assistance this holiday season.

Our 2009 Holiday Gift Drive was a tremendous success with more than $3,000 in gifts collected and distributed to more than 25 families. (more…)

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By Shawndell N. Dawson, Communications and Organizational Advancement Director

For 2010, the Communications Department focus is to increase the ways in which you connect with each other as well the Coalition’s staff.  We have many exciting changes on the horizon and we will continue to keep you all updated.

We are integrating all communication into the latest digital formats including use of content management systems and development of social media channels. Our intention is to make our resources more accessible to all in the community and make it easier to partner with others.   Coalition members, supporters and allies will have three new opportunities to connect with DCCADV including: our digital newsletter, a redesigned website, and a Facebook Fan Page. (more…)

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By: Liz Odongo, Training Director

DCCADV’s Training Department began the new year with an advanced training topic: The D.C. Language Access Act of 2004, held on February 23rd. Upcoming advance training topics include a panel presentation on the intersection between intimate partner violence and HIV/AIDs and the new lethality assessment project in D.C..  Additional details will be announced via our listerv as well as on our website, so please stay tuned.

Domestic Violence Advocate Core Competency Training (DVACT)
Our Domestic Violence Advocate Core Competency Training has something for everyone. Through this training Advocates, both new and seasoned, have opportunities to study the dynamics of domestic violence, including trauma resulting from abuse, crisis intervention, personal safety, risk management, criminal and civil court processes, and resources available to those affected by domestic violence. DCCADV will be offering this 48 hour training again in the Fall so that advocates are in compliance with the District’s statutory advocate testimonial privilege.  This training is free for all DCCADV member agency staff and volunteers. (more…)

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By: Liz Odongo, Training Director

Delta Prep is a state-wide initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance a national intimate partner violence primary prevention movement. As a Delta Prep member, The DC Coalition is committed to integrating primary prevention into Coalition policies and practices, training staff and board members, and building local capacity to foster this essential work in our community. Project activities are based on the social ecological model which states that sustainable change must happen on the individual, relationship, community and societal levels simultaneously. As we begin taking steps to incorporate this vital programming in our organizational goals, we hope to include several components that lead to a collective of individuals and organization committed to ending violence before it begins.

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