Help adults talk to kids about dating violence

Teens of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Youth Council want to help adults talk to kids about teen dating violence. And they have created an action plan to do just that.

With a letter to the editor, a letter to school administrators and parents, public service announcements, social media posts and a new website, the ICADV Youth Council will launch its new Stand4Respect campaign on Tuesday, October 21 during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

You can help us get the word out. We are using a platform called Thunderclap to flood Twitter and Facebook with this important message.

What is Thunderclap? It’s a new platform that allows people to pledge a Tweet or Facebook message that is concentrated and unleashed all at the same time. Think of it as a massive flash mob on Twitter. It is completely safe and will automatically post exactly one message on your behalf. We need 100 people to sign on to make it happen.

It takes just 5 seconds to join. On our homepage, click the “Join this Thunderclap” link in the right column. Click “start with Twitter” and/or “start with Facebook.” That gives us permission to send your Twitter and Facebook friends this message at 4 pm on October 21: … Parents can prevent dating violence by talking to kids. Share ICADV’s PSA and letter to parents at 4 pm on October 21.

Please share this email with anyone you know who can help us promote this important campaign. Thanks for your support!

House Republican Legislative Agenda Includes Partnership with ICADV

Thank you to the Indiana House Republicans and Speaker Bosma for supporting domestic violence survivors and partnering with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2015. According to the news release from Speaker Bosma, “… public safety continues to be an issue impacting the state. Currently, the state is tied for the third highest amount of police deaths, Indiana is ranked as having the fifth highest infant mortality rate and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) turned away 1,743 victims due to lack of space at their shelters. House Republicans will be working with local communities, strategically investing funds and working with the ICADV on multiple issues. The House will also be partnering with ICADV as the Speaker’s charity initiative for the year. ” Click here to read the full news release.


ICADV Receives OK to Provide Legal Help to Immigrant DV Survivors

In 2013 ICADV performed an environmental scan of our programs to see if there were appropriate legal services available to immigrant survivors of domestic violence – and the overwhelming answer was no. That is why ICADV sought, and just received, Recognition Status from the Bureau of Immigration Appeals. This means that we can now begin to train one or more advocates to work with rural immigrant survivors on their legal cases. It will allow us to help survivors apply for legal status when they seek services, thereby eliminating one of the barriers to victims seeking help – the idea that they could be deported if they are not here legally. While there are several legal service providers who do this kind of work in large urban areas, rural immigrant survivors have next to nothing. We hope to begin working with survivors identified by domestic violence programs in early 2015.