GCADV’s community engagement work mobilizes communities across Georgia in advancing the organization’s mission to collaborate, advocate, educate, and empower on behalf of domestic violence victims and their families.
The organization builds collaborative relationships with stakeholders and communities to create social change and raise awareness in order to achieve safer communities free from domestic violence.
This initiative includes:
- Connecting and building relationships between mainstream and community-based programs
- Engaging and mobilizing communities at large in public policy advocacy
- Working with grassroots community-based programs serving specific populations to enhance and expand their reach and service capacity
- Working with communities to develop intervention and prevention solutions that address the root causes of domestic violence in their communities and empowering them to be advocates for community accountability.
In doing this work, GCADV recognizes and values the importance of its organizational accountability to underserved and marginalized populations and communities of color.
As a result of this work GCADV has created a Georgia specific fact sheet that addresses the impact of intimate partner violence on African American/Black women as well as a tip sheet to assist programs working with African-American/Black survivors. Click here to download.
GCADV’s Community Relationships Informing Survivor Engagement (RISE) Project, supports Georgia’s community based non-profit organizations providing culturally relevant services to survivors of domestic violence (DV) who identify from communities of color and other marginalized communities. This project is specifically designed to cater to the needs of small, non-traditional, grassroots organizations who are un-resourced or under-resourced as they rise in their communities to meet the short-and long-term needs of DV survivors. Selected organizations will receive up to twenty four months of intense on-site training and technical assistance, with the potential for long term follow-up and support.
GCADV’s goal is to assist community based organizations in building overall organizational capacity and sustainability towards their success in proficiently meeting the needs of DV survivors and their communities. This goal is accomplished by providing organizations with:
- Monthly in-person technical assistance related to organizational capacity building and sustainability.
- Assessment of organizational practices, policies, and procedures.
- In-person work sessions for strategic planning and implementation.
- Mission cultivation and streamlining support.
- Cultivation and assessment of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate services, resources, programming, and outreach.
- Board training
- Access to state and national training opportunities and information.
Community Based Organizations
Amani Women Center – Providing life skills training for refugee women.
Noor Family Services – culturally-sensitive services for foreign-born and immigrant women and children impacted by domestic violence.
NCADV 2018 Panel Discussion: Support, Empowerment, and Healing: Black Women and Domestic Violence.
Shenna Morris, Director of Policy and Community Engagement explaining the origins of this work and how the organizations internal Undoing Racism work has been a key component in guiding the organizations mission and supporting its members on behalf of all survivors.