Each legislative session, the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence identifies key issues or proposed bills that might have an impact, direct or indirect, on survivors, perpetrators, or our service provider programs. ICADV has prioritized three levels of advocacy; leadership, collaborative involvement, and monitoring. Leadership issues are those proposals around which ICADV will draft legislation, find sponsors, and/ or fully participate in developing and implementing legislative and/ or administrative strategy. Collaborative involvement allows ICADV to testify and write testimony when requested. Proposals warranting monitoring are those, after all bills are filed, ICADV evaluates as intentionally or unintentionally negatively impacting survivors or ICADV programs and therefore requiring ICADV to actively work to prevent from passing. In the 2017 Legislative Session, ICADV has identified a number of proposals that fall into each category. Click here to see the 2017 legislative agenda.
ICADV has entered the “Small Moments” public service announcement in a contest for a chance to win $5,000. Now we need your vote.
To vote, visit www.challenge.gov/challenge/domestic-violence-video-challenge/, then click Solutions in the left column, then click the 5 stars beneath the Small Moments video photo to cast your vote. Only one person can vote from your office computers (the system allows just one vote per IP address). BUT… If more than one person in your office would like to vote, use your personal cell phone data plan (turn off Wifi if your office provides that because it’s the same IP address as your office computer). Or, vote from your home/personal computer.
Voting ends November 30.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Division of Family Violence and Prevention Services (FVPSA), hosts this Domestic Violence Awareness Month YouTube Challenge. This Challenge was open to individuals and organizations that support children and youth exposed to domestic violence and their abused parents. The goal is to bring attention to the most innovative and inclusive approaches, practices, policies, programs, safe spaces, activities, and strategies that the public is using to improve safety, promote healing, and provide support for this special population.
Verizon and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence are partnering this month to distribute educational materials statewide to encourage safe, stable nurturing relationships and environments, part of a larger federal initiative to create healthier environments for children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, intimate partner violence is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. To create a healthy relationship strategy, the CDC is granting funds to domestic violence coalitions in 10 states to launch prevention initiatives to stop domestic violence before it begins. ICADV is one of those recipients.
“Our goal is to encourage families and communities to create environments where children grow up free from fear and secure from physical or psychological harm,” said ICADV Executive Director Laura Berry. “Small moments in a child’s life can prevent future violence.”
A brochure, posters of a mom and dad and public service announcements for TV and social media are available free of charge to organizations around the state. Email ICADV for information. Click here for the press release.
We’re involved in The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, a friendly fundraising competition raising money for causes like ours. Please help by giving what you can so our organization can win the grand prize of $100,000. Help give more women the chance to be #FreeToWalk. Go here to give: https://www.crowdrise.com/IndianaCoalitionAgainstDomesticViolence-PurplePurse2016