MCEDSV Commitment to Diversity and Traditionally Marginalized Communities
MCEDSV understands the importance of supporting leadership in diverse communities as a key element of the agency mission, philosophy, goals and strategic plan. All of MCEDSV programming and advocacy work is guided by this commitment. MCEDSV recognizes that multiple barriers exist that deny or limit access to quality domestic and sexual violence advocacy and services, especially for survivors from traditionally marginalized populations. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, especially from communities of color, too often face profound challenges in seeking the quality and culturally competent advocacy, services and resources they need to be safe. MCEDSV is proud of its demonstrated track record promoting and nurturing leadership in linguistically, culturally, and community-relevant outreach and prevention services. Above all, MCEDSV promotes and supports indigenous leadership in communities of underrepresented groups, as they develop their own solutions to domestic and sexual violence.
MCEDSV has a profound understanding of the importance of engaging the community as the cornerstone to successfully building spaces where women are free from the threat of domestic and sexual violence. Further, MCEDSV understands the importance of supporting leadership in diverse communities as a key element of the agency mission, philosophy, goals and strategic plan. MCEDSV has been providing technical assistance for local collaborative efforts in culturally specific communities for many years. MCEDSV has worked throughout its history to build bridges of trust between the Coalition and communities of color, tribal entities, traditionally marginalized groups such as the Deaf, disability and LBGTIQ communities. Over the years, MCEDSV has refined its skills and capacity to support leaders of underrepresented groups who are defining the issue within their community and its impact in their community.
Since 2007, the BSN Project has provided unique efforts for capacity building with agencies whose primary purpose is to provide survivor centered direct services to victims of domestic and sexual assault in Detroit . At the core of the project is a skill building program that emphasizes leadership development, collaborative outreach, specialized training and technical assistance. BSN provides executive coaching and training to enhance knowledge and skills needed for successful delivery of high quality and culturally relevant services. This is achieved by strengthening the capacity of domestic violence service providers to provide quality advocacy, support and services to survivors from traditionally underserved communities in Detroit. Coaching has been successfully utilized in the BSN project as a means for strengthening domestic and sexual violence leadership. The BSN team implements interactive training and peer learning as well. A personally designed professional development plan for leadership teams at BSN partner agencies is also an essential element of the project's success.
MCEDSV was one of only fourteen states to receive funding for the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen state and local capacity for supporting primary prevention. MCEDSV is known nationally for its leadership in utilizing an intentional process to promote the needs of communities representing survivors from culturally specific communities as well as advancing the efforts of linguistically and culturally relevant prevention programming in its DELTA project. Three of the four original DELTA sub-grantees in Michigan represented culturally specific communities. DELTA programming in these communities is based on what the community identifies as its unique needs and what the community identifies as its unique strengths.
The relationships built between MCEDSV and the three DELTA culturally specific communities planted the seed for an organizational transformation to expand MCEDSV membership criteria to ensure that communities of color working in their own communities to end domestic violence through comprehensive social change efforts were included as primary members.
MCEDSV is now one of ten coalitions participating in the new DELTA FOCUS project from CDC, and has continued this commitment to culturally specific work in selecting two of these three local communities to further develop and enhance their primary prevention efforts.
Serving LBGTIQ Survivors
The MCEDSV LBGTIQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, intersex, and queer or questioning) & Allies Task Forces has been active since the early 1980s. In the mid 1990's the Task Force developed a landmark training curriculum focusing on raising awareness of the needs of same sex survivors and decreasing homophobia in domestic violence programs. This highly successful training, which has been updated over the years, has been delivered to over 30 agencies, conferences and community partners across the state; educating over 1000 domestic and sexual service providers. The training focuses on the effects of oppression on lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender people, exploring similarities and differences between domestic and sexual violence experienced by LBGTIQ survivors and heterosexual survivors, and examining barriers and special consideration when working with LBGTIQ survivors.
Women of Color Task Force
The MCEDSV WOCTF is recognized throughout the state of Michigan and the nation as a leader in organizing and cultivating the leadership within underrepresented groups in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Task Force has a membership of over 150 women and is among the best organized and most influential in the nation. Michigan WOCTF leaders are often asked to speak to other states that have plans to build the capacity of their Task Forces.
Working with Incarcerated or Fomerly Incarcerated Survivors