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Caucuses and Task Forces

Addressing the ways in which domestic violence impacts different communities and groups of people.

One of the ways in which the Ohio Domestic Violence Network supports local member programs is through sponsoring task forces and caucuses that address the ways in which domestic violence impacts different communities and groups of people. Caucuses and task forces are made up of professionals, service providers, advocates, and community members who are interested in issues related to specific underserved populations. ODVN has task forces addressing domestic violence and disabilities, domestic violence and immigration, and domestic violence in the LGBTQI community. ODVN also facilitates the Women of Color and Child Advocacy Caucus. Individuals working in the domestic violence movement have the opportunity to meet and discuss ways in which domestic violence impacts underserved and marginalized populations. If you are interested in learning more about or becoming involved with any of our caucuses or task forces please call our office at 614-781-9651.

Abilities Caucus

The Abilities Caucus is a group of individuals who are deeply passionate about our commitment to strengthen understanding in the intersection of ability with respect to the American Disability Act (ADA guidelines), oppression, and domestic/intimate partner/sexual violence. This group will meet regularly to discuss barriers and challenges, share information, exchange promising and best practices, participate in training sessions, encourage collaboration on relevant projects, provide mentorship, and an opportunity for coalition-building in a safe space that is dedicated to members of this caucus. To foster productive networking opportunities, Caucus Leaders will conduct conference calls, quarterly meetings, provide mentorship, and facilitate information sharing via the listserv group.

Mission

The mission of the Abilities Caucus is to create awareness about all forms of abuse including domestic, intimate partner, sexual violence, and oppression, and to advocate for initiatives in upholding human rights and needs of all Ohio survivors/co-survivors with varying abilities through national multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Purpose

Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) recognizes the value and necessity to work with traditionally under-represented communities due to the unique cultural impact that domestic/intimate partner/sexual violence and oppression has on Disability and Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind community. Historically, members of both communities are often marginalized in anti-oppression work and domestic/sexual violence movements. In respect to this, OAESV and ODVN are fully invested in the creation and sustainability of internal safe space for information sharing and nurturing leadership.

Goals and Objectives
  1. To advocate for the human rights and needs of survivors/co-survivors with varying abilities in Disability and Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deaf-Blind communities.
  2. To increase public awareness on abuse, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and oppression and the impact of prevalence among survivors/co-survivors in these respective communities.
  3. To facilitate Anti-Oppression training sessions for Ohio regions in partnerships with the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV) and ODVN beginning in 2011 and beyond.
  4. To develop an accessible online directory within OAESV and ODVN websites for survivors/co-survivors in these communities within Ohio.
  5. To educate political entities in Ohio on the human rights and needs of survivors/co-survivors in these communities in partnership with OAESV and ODVN.
  6. To engage in educational activities designed to aid in the development of legislation supportive in reinforcing the human rights of survivors of abuse, domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence in partnership with OAESV and ODVN.
  7. To advocate for transformation into culturally sensitive and accessible services within service delivery systems to fully address the issues related to abuse, domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence for survivors with varying abilities in these communities.
  8. To provide leadership in the development of best practice protocols on effective multi-disciplinary response to crime victims with varying abilities who disclose abuse, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence in the state of Ohio.
  9. To encourage collaboration among Abilities Caucus members and agencies serving these communities in a partnership to secure funding streams in addressing these issues for survivors/co-survivors of these communities in Ohio.
  10. To strengthen collaborative efforts in implementing the goals and objectives of Abilities Caucus through the facilitation of a statewide networking processes between caucus members and agencies serving these communities.

The End Violence Toward People with Varying Abilities Caucus is committed to creating awareness about the issue of domestic violence in the lives of all women with varying abilities and to advocate for initiatives and foster collaborations that address this issue. Please contact our ODVN Outreach Coordinator to Underserved Populations for information about meetings or to join this taskforce.

Child Advocacy Caucus

“ODVN’s Child Advocacy Caucus is a collaboration of professionals dedicated to being a voice for children impacted by domestic violence. We endeavor to honor children’s experiences of violence and support their rights by fostering public awareness, improving services, and advocating for social and political change.”

Statement of Purpose

Caucuses are commonly formed by individuals speaking out on social issues that are traditionally underrepresented. In the Domestic Violence Movement children’s programming has often been made secondary, diminished in importance, even ignored. As a result youth staff often feel isolated. The ODVN Child Advocacy Caucus was created in the spring of 2004 by domestic violence professionals from around the State of Ohio to address this disparity. We meet quarterly to discuss the unique issues of children living with violence, we work to educate ourselves and those outside of the domestic violence movement about how to best work with children and we provide opportunities for professional development.

Goals and Objectives
  1. Developing Best Practices for programs working with young people living in domestic violence;
  2. Provide Educational and Training opportunities for professionals specifically on youth issues;
  3. Addressing legislative issues impacting young people living in domestic violence, and
  4. Advocating for systems change where young people living in domestic violence are affected negatively or unfairly.
  5. All professionals working with children, such as teachers, social workers, child protective service workers, are encouraged to join the caucus and help make a difference in the lives of young people.

Immigrant and Refugee Task Force

The Domestic Violence and Immigration Taskforce brings together domestic violence advocates, attorneys, and community agencies to learn about the impact of domestic violence has in the lives of immigrant women and children. The purpose of the task force is to work on creating solutions that are woman-centered and respectful of her culture

Goals and Objectives
  1. To form statewide collaborations to identify resources for survivors
  2. To create a resource guide for attorneys, advocates and survivors of domestic violence programs, immigration services, and immigrant and refugee community-based programs
  3. To develop cross-training materials for advocates and immigration community

The Domestic Violence & Immigration Task Force is committed to creating awareness about the issue of domestic violence in the lives of immigrant and refugee women and to advocate for initiatives and foster collaborations that address this issue. Please contact our ODVN Outreach Coordinator to Underserved Populations for information about meetings or to join this taskforce. 

Legal Advocacy Caucus

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s four Legal Advocacy Caucuses are the primary vehicle through which legal advocates from ODVN membership programs work together on a state-wide level. These caucuses provide a forum to develop goals and model policies to govern our work and to refine our understanding of the role of justice system advocacy. These caucuses will also provide training and technical assistance to its members and regularly includes court personnel, attorneys, and other experts in the work. All four of ODVN’s Legal Advocacy Caucuses are committed to developing the leadership skills of legal advocates.

History

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Legal Advocacy Caucuses were established primarily for legal advocates to obtain training on issues regarding domestic violence and stalking, to discuss criminal and civil court advocacy issues, to obtain public policy updates that affect the laws in their counties or the entire state of Ohio, and to provide a networking platform as well.

The Process

Currently there are four legal advocacy caucuses that represent Ohio regions: Northeast, Northwest, Southwest Central, and Southeast. The Ohio Domestic Violence Network continues to have bi-monthly or quarterly meetings for each of the caucuses. The leadership of the caucuses is shared by ODVN staff and the justice system advocates from membership programs. The caucuses make a concerted effort at sharing leadership between old and new advocates. These caucuses are always seeking to be consistently accountable to battered women. All caucuses are attentive both to process and product in an attempt to be inclusive, empowering, and diverse. In the work that justice systems advocates do, we ask that they consistently assess whether the legal and social systems are providing effective remedies for battered women and seek to change those systems which are not. This process of evaluation always looks at the work we have done with a critical eye whether we are enhancing law, public policy, procedure, or practice.

Caucus Membership Eligibility

Caucus membership is open to all domestic violence program legal advocates or other staff, volunteers, steering committee members, or allied professionals with an interest in affecting social change through justice system advocacy.

Goals and Objectives
  1. To educate the ODVN membership on laws and legal practices in the field of domestic violence
  2. To facilitate and monitor the implementation of domestic violence laws at local, state, and federal levels
  3. To respond to the needs of justice system advocacy concerns raised by domestic violence programs
  4. To respond to the needs of legal advocates for direction, support, and training information
  5. To assure that legal advocates in Ohio are skilled and knowledgeable in their work
  6. To build a network of skilled, informed legal advocates working collaboratively to assure excellence injustice system advocacy throughout the state

LGBTQI Task Force

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network had other taskforces to address domestic violence within underserved or marginalized communities and realized that there was no intentionally focused response to address domestic violence within the LGBTQI communities. In the spring of 2010, ODVN and the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) partnered to convene the LGBTQI taskforce made up of community members, allies and DV advocates to decrease the barriers for LGBTQI survivors who are seeking services to address the violence in their lives.

History

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Legal Advocacy Caucuses were established primarily for legal advocates to obtain training on issues regarding domestic violence and stalking, to discuss criminal and civil court advocacy issues, to obtain public policy updates that affect the laws in their counties or the entire state of Ohio, and to provide a networking platform as well.

Goals and Objectives
  1. To provide information about domestic violence and sexual assault in LGBTQI communities
  2. To provide training to mainstream service providers and advocates about domestic violence and sexual assault in LGBTQI communities
  3. To increase the capacity of advocates and service providers to provide effective service to LGBTQI survivors
  4. To facilitate the networking process between task force members and appropriate agencies to form collaborative efforts to effectively serve LGBTQI survivors

The LGBTQI brings together domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, community agencies, and community members and their allies to network, develop resources and best practices addressing domestic violence and sexual assault in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning communities. This task force will have a listserv established to assist with resource sharing and networking. Please contact our ODVN Outreach Coordinator to Underserved Populations for information about meetings or to join this taskforce. 

Women of Color Caucus

The Women of Color Caucus (WOCC) of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) was established on May 7, 1998. The WOCC was formed primarily to actively encourage and support the involvement and leadership of women of color in all agencies/programs affiliated with ODVN. All women of color are encouraged to participate in the Caucus.

The term Women of Color is a political statement because it represents women as oppressed classes who have claimed the power to name and define themselves and their experiences. The WOCC includes but is not limited to Native American, African, Hispanic, African-American, Haitian, Panamanian, Latinas, Asian American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Indo-Chinese, Vietnamese, and Pakistanis. Women of Color reflect a diverse group of women.

Purpose

We, the Women of Color Caucus of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, recognize the isolation, frustration, anger, lack of representation, and invisibility felt by women of color in the domestic violence movement. These may be board members, staff, volunteers, or recipients of program services.

Goals and Objectives

The WOCC knows that we must strengthen the bonds between us, and together in collective action, we will work toward the following goals:

  1. Serve as an advisory group to ODVN and its member agencies in matters of significance to the WOCC constituency
  2. Provide support and information to the WOCC constituencies who work within ODVN
  3. Encourage participation and involvement of all women of color affiliated with ODVN and its member agencies
  4. Represent and communicate the mission of the WOCC throughout ODVN by increased awareness and education
  5. Review and address the commitment and effectiveness of ODVN and its member agencies in meeting the needs of the diverse populations served.

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