Social Justice Programming

 

The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV) recognizes that domestic violence affects all communities regardless of race, religion, ability, sexual identity, gender, or socio economic status. However, the intersection of societal prejudice, oppression, isolation or systems of poverty and domestic violence more disproportionately impact marginalized communities. This reality often reduces the willingness of victims to seek services and their ability to receive equitable services from various systems. NJCEDV rests on the knowledge that each and every human being has value and deserves to be treated with dignity.

Therefore NJCEDV works to enhance the capacity of member programs and community based organizations who work with victims and their families to more adequately serve marginalized communities. NJCEDV’s Social Justice Programming promotes systemic change in attitudes and beliefs that support the mutual respect of all people and helps survivors to realize their full potential while providing the resources to do so. A combination of projects, committees, task forces and workgroups provide a broad range of resources, training and technical assistance to survivors, member programs, or community organizations to address racism, homophobia, and inequitable access for people with disabilities. Technical assistance includes evaluation and assessment of member programs as needed. NJCEDV Social Justice Programming consists of the following projects:

Consistent with its guiding principles on Empowerment, Equality, Special Needs and Coordinated Response, the NJCBW is committed to ending poverty as a barrier to women and children’s ability to live safely. The NJCBW will join with other groups to increase battered women’s access to financial, housing, employment, legal and medical resources, in order to enhance their ability to become self-sufficient.

The Economic Justice program is charged with examining issues of economic empowerment of domestic violence survivors beyond what the Welfare system offers. In addition to advocacy around Family Violence Option and Welfare issues, there is an added emphasis to explore additional economic resources, build new partnerships, and initiate programs that will strengthen the capacity of NJCBW member programs to provide better economic advocacy to their clients.

 

One of the ways in which the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence supports local member programs is through sponsoring task forces and committees that address the ways in which domestic violence impacts different communities and groups of people. Task Forces are made up of domestic violence advocates and community members who are interested in issues related to specific underserved populations. NJCEDV task forces and committees address domestic violence and immigration, domestic violence in the LGBT community and in communities of color. Individuals working in the domestic violence movement at New Jersey member programs or through other agencies have the opportunity to meet and discuss ways in which domestic violence impacts underserved and marginalized populations.

Women of Color Task Force

The Women of Color Task Force works to eliminate barriers to inclusion and access to services for domestic violence survivors of color and other traditionally marginalized survivors and their children in New Jersey.  The Task Force provides resources and training to domestic violence programs and the community.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Task Force

The LGBT Task Force was formed to facilitate the sensitive and effective provision of services to LGBT survivors within domestic violence programs in New Jersey. The task force provides training to educate all staff members of domestic violence programs and the community.

 

Purpose Statement: NJCEDV’s LGBT Task Force is a safe and inclusive group which promotes community awareness, education and training to affect systemic change to ensure safe and accessible services for LGBT survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

For more information contact info@njcedv.org.

Anti-Racism Change Team

The purpose of the committee is to guide the implementation of the Coalition’s Inclusion and Access Plan throughout the membership. The committee will use the following strategies for accomplishing this purpose: 1) Insure that the topic of achieving Coalition-wide cultural competency, as part of the Coalition’s Domestic Violence Program Standards, remains front and center on the Coalition’s agenda and discussions; 2) Regularly suggest specific steps towards cultural competency and provide the opportunity for programs to share and discuss challenges, products and positive movement; 3) Provide additional resources, technical assistance, support and encouragement to programs in moving their cultural competency agendas forward.

White Aspiring Allies to People of Color (WAAPC)

The Mission of WAAPC is for white people to build support and relationships with one another to be accountable to communities of color.   We will create opportunities for self-reflection and community learning about the role of privilege and institutional racism in society. We will develop strategies that will address the ways in which both privilege and institutional racism hinder and harm the organizations and environments in which we work, live and co-exist with People of Color. Our work must be informed, held accountable to and led by People of Color, as they are the ones most affected by racism. It is in doing so that we will fulfill our primary mission of becoming fully human by dismantling racism and white supremacy in ourselves and our spheres of influence.

The Inclusion and Access Initiative was developed in 2005 resulting from recommendations from the Women of Color Task Force and the LGBT Task Force to develop a three-year strategic plan to address disparities at domestic violence programs. On behalf of victims of domestic violence the initiative serves to eliminate systemic barriers which have prevented access to equitable services and resources to many marginalized groups. This Initiative proposes to address key multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial and ability-related issues concerning domestic violence survivors and anti-violence advocates in New Jersey.  Additionally, the initiative focuses on the importance of a workforce who has the capacity to provide quality services that are culturally relevant and sensitive.

 

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