Mission: ICADV works for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence – until the violence ends.
Since its beginning in 1980, the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has worked to ensure survivors of intimate partner violence have the services they need to become safe and empowered. ICADV also believes domestic violence is not inevitable. Its prevention efforts work to foster change that will create communities free from individual and family violence.
Prevention: ICADV believes domestic violence is not inevitable. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ICADV works to change the environments and conditions in which people live, work and play to promote healthy, respectful, nonviolent relationships, reduce known risk factors for violence and promote protective factors.
- ICADV is one of 10 states to receive funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This enables ICADV to implement a statewide prevention initiative, working with key community partners to develop strategies to prevent intimate partner violence. The goal is to change the community norms that perpetuate the violence.
- Launched a statewide campaign to encourage safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments; included a public service announcement, brochures and posters
- Trained staff from the US Navy in ways to identify sexual assault and create environments.
- Created a Prevention Toybox that has received national recognition. The games and for community organizations to learn multiple ways (including discussion, visual and kinesthetic activities) to engage audiences in exploring and practicing key prevention concepts.
Advocacy: ICADV advocates on behalf of survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault for change that will increase their safety.
- Work with state and national organizations to support appropriate
- Set state legislative priorities and advocate for governmental
- Respond to individual survivors – empower them and help them find community resources to lead them to
Training: ICADV provides comprehensive training throughout Indiana on all issues of intimate partner violence.
- Educate law enforcement on how to reduce intimate partner
- Host an annual educational conference to bring together service providers and other professionals from around the
- Provide webinars and on-site training on specialized subjects such as trauma centered services, chemical dependency/mental health and working with immigrant
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: People who are Deaf and hard of hearing face systematic barriers in accessing services. ICADV:
- helps programs that provide services to domestic violence survivors by giving them resources, information, and consultations. Educating and supporting those service programs will allow for increased accessibility for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing survivors, thus removing barriers and providing services that can set them on a path of healing.
- provides direct support to survivors for their immediate needs and connects them with victim service programs.
- collaborated with DeafALIVE to improve systems that serve Deaf and hard of hearing survivors. This includes training American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, working with domestic violence programs to expand service capacity, and developing ASL videos with English text addressing the immediate needs of survivors.
- partners with the Indiana School for the Deaf to implement improvements in its Safe School Environment initiative. This includes input from students, staff members and administrators on several aspects of the comprehensive review of school safety and healthy relationships.
Public Awareness: ICADV works to communicate news and educational information to the public thru e-newsletters, website, social media, events, awareness campaigns and brochures.
- Promote intimate partner violence awareness to bring the issue into the
- Help to carry out events that promote awareness, such as the Race Away from Domestic Violence and October’s Domestic Violence Awareness
- Maintain relationships with community organizations and participate in events that allow the public to learn more about intimate partner violence and methods of
Legal Assistance: ICADV provides legal assistance to survivors of intimate partner violence and ICADV member organizations. This includes helping survivors with protective orders, child custody, paternity and divorce as well as assisting members with legal issues that impact their programs and clients. ICADV has recently become a “Bureau of Immigration Appeals Recognized” agency. This enables us to provide legal assistance to immigrant and human trafficking victims, helping them in their immigration legal paperwork and paving the way for them to become US citizens.
- Provide one-on-one legal advice and crisis intervention to
- Give legal technical assistance to member
- Train attorneys and judges in the circumstances unique to intimate partner violence
Other Member Organization Services
- Standards of Service: (Peer Review) ICADV, with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, has established a minimum set of standards of operation for domestic violence residential and nonresidential programs in Indiana. ICADV is responsible for monitoring those agencies that receive state funding and providing certification of services on an annual or three year
- Member Technical Assistance: ICADV provides comprehensive technical assistance to member agencies that includes policy, resource, board development, program development, best practices, and specialized
- Batterers’ Intervention Programs are certified by ICADV, and ICADV monitors all court- ordered programs to ensure overall quality and consistency for those who work with men who perpetrate intimate partner
- Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Survivors: ICADV and the DeafAlive developed ways in which to help systems better serve Deaf and hard of hearing survivors. This includes training American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters; working with domestic violence programs to expand service capacity; and developing ASL videos addressing the immediate needs of survivors.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT ICADV:
- A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1980.
- Operates under the direction of a Board of Directors and paid staff.
- Funding is provided by federal, state and local grants, fundraising events, individual and corporate donors and member fees.
- Members include residential and non-residential intimate partner violence programs, law enforcement personnel, government agencies, corporations and individuals who want to better help survivors of intimate partner violence.