BENEFITING: ILLINOIS COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) builds networks of support for and with survivors, and advances statewide policies and practices that transform societal attitudes and institutions to eliminate and prevent domestic abuse. ICADV does this through its 52 member domestic violence agencies, its community partners, and its individual friends.
Could you imagine a world where women, men and children can walk outside at night without feeling afraid? Where you you will be treated with dignity and respect by intimate partners, roommates, friends, and family alike? Where you or your children can go to school without fear, can become successful in their careers, and become leaders in society?
ICADV works in four ways to help bring this world to life through…
Advocacy- On behalf of our members and the individuals they serve, ICADV advocates for resources and collaborations to assist communities in becoming more responsive to families that experience domestic violence. Some of our major achievements are the passing of the Crime Victim’s Rights amendment to our Constitution and recently enacted Trust Act that helps protect non-citizen victims of abuse.
Training- Since its inception, ICADV has provided training to domestic violence advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, social workers, child welfare professionals, educators, medical professionals and others to increase understanding of domestic violence and improve skills. Last fiscal year ICADV completed its first Leadership Academy, hosted 22 trainings, and trained 543 individuals.
Technical Assistance - Technical assistance is provided routinely to advocates from domestic violence agencies and other professionals who may be working with survivors and their families. Most often technical assistance is provided by phone and email, but our favorite way of delivering technical assistance is in person at local domestic violence agencies throughout the state. It allows us an opportunity to provide a much more thorough response to help individual agencies find the best options to work in their agency and community. Last fiscal year ICADV responded to over 480 requests for technical assistance.
Public Education- ICADV offers over 45 different pieces of education and awareness brochures, booklets, and posters. These help survivors and communities at large better understand the dynamics of domestic violence, provide information to help survivors weigh available options and make informed decisions, and help communities understand what they can do to support survivors. Nearly all of these items are available in English and Spanish. Last Fiscal year ICADV distributed over 27,000 pieces of education material.