Families First announces two job openings


Immediate opening for a part-time Advocate for Safe Families Division-Breaking Free Program to join our professional team. Bilingual in Spanish or Indian languages and English is strongly PREFERRED and a Bachelor’s degree is REQUIRED. This position will provide intake and ongoing advocacy services to domestic violence victims, respond to crisis calls, and connect clients with community resources. Previous experience preferred but not necessary.


DV Coordinator

Immediate opening for Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services to join our professional team .  The position will also collaborate with staff to develop and achieve both program and agency wide goals for the Domestic Violence Counseling and Advocacy Teams.  Additionally, this position will maintain a direct service caseload including the assessment of client needs and providing group counseling as well as individual advocacy.

At least three years of experience in the human services field is required. Additionally, Indiana State licensure in one of the following: Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Mental Health Counseling is required.  Previous supervision experience preferred.

To apply, click here.

It’s domestic violence, not an “incident”

When police are called because one person is assaulting or threatening another person, it is not a domestic disturbance, an incident or a fight. It is domestic violence. These “myths” continue in the recent numerous reports about George Zimmerman. Check out this news release from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 ICADV outstanding professionals awards

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award-all winnersEach year ICADV honors people throughout the state who are outstanding in their work to help victims of domestic violence. This year we even added two awards that are only given in years in which there are exceptional examples of such work. Here is the list of people to whom the awards were given on October 30 at the annual ICADV conference:



  • Courage to Make a Difference Award given posthumously to Officer Rod Bradway, accepted by his widow Jamie Bradway
  • Empowerment Award to Abbey Doyle and Scott Miley of the Anderson Herald Bulletin
  • Outstanding Volunteer Kate Jones, Eastern High School, Pekin
  • Outstanding Domestic Violence Professional Beth Murphy Beams, Center for Nonviolence, Ft. Wayne
  • Outstanding Preventionist Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams, Bloomington
  • Outstanding Medical Professional Barb Bachmeier, Center of Hope, Indianapolis
  • Outstanding Batterers’ Intervention Program Professional Jon Kuss, Hoosier Hills Pact, Salem
  • Outstanding Prosecutor Eric Overpeck, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office
  • ICADV Volunteer of the Year Lauren Parmley

New toolkit for communities that want to start a teen youth council

ICADV compiled this toolkit to provide organizations interested in convening youth councils with sample forms, agendas, materials and advice about lessons that we’ve learned along the way in our experience working with youth. We hope that these materials will provide a helpful starting point, and that you’ll be able to modify them to fit the needs and interests of the youth in your community.Click here to get started.

Job opening at ICADV

ICADV is seeking an Evaluation Specialist who will work closely with the Prevention Director, community partners, and leadership team to develop and implement evaluation efforts under a 5 year CDC primary prevention project.  A qualified individual must have experience with empowerment-based evaluation, participatory action research, including providing training, technical assistance and capacity building activities, conducting program evaluations preferably addressing domestic violence, public policy or prevention of health issues, proficiency with qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques, analyzing statistical data, and using statistical database software.   The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in related field, Master’s degree preferred.  Position is located in Indianapolis, IN.  Salary commensurate with experience,  plus benefits.  Submit resume and cover letter to lberry@icadvinc.org.  Deadline for submission is November 22, 2013.

ICADV 31st Annual Conference registration now open

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brochure cover 2013ICADV will host our 31st Annual Fall Conference on October 29 & 30, 2013 at the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel & Conference Center.  We are excited to welcome Lisa Gilmore, nationally recognized activist and speaker, as our keynote speaker.  Ms. Gilmore’s address will focus on the idea of balancing and reconnecting our commitments and responsibilities as advocates with our passion and dedication to the ideal of ending intimate partner violence.  Ms. Gilmore will also present three workshops during the conference addressing deepening our commitment to the greater anti-violence movement, as well improving services to members of the LGBTQI community.

The conference agenda is extended this year, allowing us to present more workshops than ever before, a total of 32. 

This year’s conference theme, Take it personally; Serving all Survivors, centers around the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 and all of the new provisions it brings with it.  We have workshops  focused on many marginalized communities, including LGBTQ, immigrants/refugees, and Native Americans.  And, we are examining services across the spectrum from prevention to intervention.  This will truly be two very educational days.

For the full brochure click here.

To register click here.

Protective Order Pro Bono Project moves to Center for Victim and Human Rights

ICADV is happy to announce that the Center for Victim and Human Rights has taken on the Protective Order Pro Bono Project that has been within ICADV since 2007. Moving the legal services to CVHR is a good fit. It is an organization with a history of working one-on-one with victims to help them navigate the legal system. “We are honored to be the next stewards of this project and advance the legacy of the ICADV Protective Order Pro Bono Project of providing safety for victims of domestic violence,” said Raio Krishnayya, executive director of CVHR. To view the news release click here.

Indiana Legislature Passes Bullying Law

On June 4 HEA 1423 became law in Indiana. This bullying law is important for prevention educators because bullying prevention work has frequently provided partnerships with schools that have enabled further work around teen dating violence prevention. Additionally, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have described a developmental pathway between bullying behavior in youth and sexually abusive behaviors in adolescence (Espelage, Basile and Hamburger, 2012. Journal of Adolescent Health). Essentially, working with schools to promote respectful relationship behaviors and to prevent bullying from an early age fits with our work to prevent teen dating abuse and sexual abuse among older students.

     Unlike Heather’s Law that required the Department of Education to identify curricula and policy models but did not require action on the part of schools, the new bullying law requires that schools implement bullying prevention education for students in grades 1-12, conduct training for all school staff and volunteers, adopt investigatory procedures, enact disciplinary guidelines for those who bully, provide supportive services to targets, and track incidents of bullying over the course of each school year.  

     Strategies like these that involve multiple interventions at the individual, relationship, organizational and community levels align with what we know about what works in prevention and can contribute to a school climate where abusive behaviors just doesn’t work. It is also important to note that this bullying legislation adds protections based on behaviors defined as bullying, but does not subtract protections from harassment guaranteed through federal education laws like Title IX for protected statuses including sex, gender, race, or ethnicity.