We have a calamity in the custody court in their response to domestic violence. The courts do not have the training they need and routinely place children in danger. The NCADV is one of the organizations that gets it and provides enormous support for protective mothers. Anything I have ever requested to help protect battererd mothers and their children has been enthusiastically provided. I wish I could say the same for the courts.
The NCADV is the leading organization in the country working to end men's violence against women. In speaking to women around the world, I have repeatedly heard how fortunate we are in this country to have an organization like this. They have the moral authority to speak on behalf of women partnered with abusers and I particularly appreciate the strong support they are providing for protective mothers. Many people in the public are not aware that there is a crisis in the custody court system that has resulted in thousands of children being sent to live with abusers. The NCADV has made this issue a major priority.
As a director of a dual DV&SA programs for 28 years, I have depended on NCADV for the right advice and know that they are the true voice for battered women and advocates. They don't take govermenent mooney , so they can speack up for us. That is not the case for other groups who don't have to worry about money because the goverment supports them. NCADV started out as grass roots, and are still grass rootsin so many ways. They stand up for opression against all groups. They extend a hand to all who need help. They are the true trainers on Domestic Violence. I am proud to have been a board member in the past.
As a Native woman and a formerly battered woman, I became the Minnesota representative to NCADV when I was young. That experience enabled me to work on behalf of Native women for the past 35 years. NCADV is a diverse representation of leadership working to end violence and all forms of oppression. Working together, we learned about one another and bridged the divide of class, ethnicity, sexual preference, age, and religion. The thousands of women I have met over these past decades have been my teachers! They have given me a wonderful life where my opinions and views are valued and respected. I have been nurtured intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally by my sisters in the battered women's movement. NCADV is the center to a humanizing universe for all society! Megwetch for all you have given to me.
As the Executive Director of a non-profit that works to provide shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence I can say that the support of NCADV has been essential in helping me understand what is happening on a national level. I am so appreciative of the work that the National Coalition is doing every day because small local programs simply do not have the time or resources to accomplish this work on their own. The Director Rita Smith is brilliant. She has such a comprehensive understanding of family violence and the history of the movement to end family violence. NCADV has provided the technical assistance that we have needed to develop a sustainable model that is informed by the needs of the individuals we serve. By supporting NCADV you will support the collaborative effort of so many individuals and groups that are working to provide services and end violence.
The work of NCADV is critical to ensuring that local survivors and those advocates assisting them have the resources they need to be successful. The staff at NCADV has consistently been responsive and thoughtful to our local program staff and volunteers, whether its helping to broker a participant to a local program or providing strategic and technical assistance, they have gone above and beyond to be there when needed. Thanks NCADV for the timely, relevant and key role you play in concert with other organizations to work toward ending family violence. We couldn't do this work without you.
I donate to 5 or 6 charities monthly. I do not like the site that NCADV goes through. Give Direct. It's like a one-way funnel. It's not user friendly for updating information, looking up transactions, etc. I would definitely be wary of signing up for any more charities that go through their website. It's freaking 2012! There's no excuse for poor website design, unless GiveDIrect just threw that site up and is getting a nice cut off the top. Get it together quickly PLEASE.
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As a member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence I appreciate many aspects of the coalition. First, it is the primary advocate for front line advocates and grassroots organizations. In these changing times it is critically important to maintain this national advocacy. As a volunteer for the organization, I feel empowered and honored to be a voice for rural victims and survivors of battered women. As a formerly battered woman, I know first hand how important services to victim are and primarily those services who maintain the voice of survivors as central to their program and the work that they do.
When I was seeking information and assistance from the NCADV, I never felt judged, only supported. I have continued to share the NCADV's work, and continue to volunteer for them in order to raise awareness against domestic violence and abuse. In sharing, I hope that others will find the support they need so as to thrive; in order to live a life of peace, which as individuals we all deserve. With one in three teens a victim there is much work that needs to be done to combat the devastating effects of intimate partner violence, and a cycle that can effect generation after generation. I feel the NCADV is deserving of any recognition that can be bestowed on them, as they continue to change the lives of many caught in violent relationships.
As a long time worker in the domestic violence field I have been a member of NCADV personally and professionally since the early 1980's because NCADV is the national "thought leader" in our work. I have served on the Steering Committee and co-chair of the battered/formerly battered women's task force. I continue to attend NCADV conferences because their conferences are the one place where I am challenged to do better or think differently or more inclusively. Linda A. Osmundson
Since being a member of the Board of Directors for NCADV, I have been a witness to the inner workings of this amazing agency. Founded by women of color and Native women in the 1970s, NCADV was established as a grassroots initiative to ensure that those most marginalized have a space for collaboration and and to be heard in addressing the violence in our lives.
These people are women, GLBTQ, women of color, native women, women from rural areas, Jewish and Muslim/Arab women. I have met people in my local area of California who have collaborated with NCADV and/or joined our national conferences. Perspectives about NCADV include “NCADV changed my life” and adjectives to describe NCADV and its committed staff are “amazing,” “committed,” and “Inspiring.”
The staff of NCADV under the leadership of their executive director work tirelessly in advocating at the policy level to ensure that laws such as the Violence Against Women Act will be passed, to be a resource for communities, to be technical assistant providers for those working to establish their own culturally aware agencies, and building spaces where people like myself, have a space to collaborate and learn from women who have been involved in the anti-violence movement since the 1970s to those who will redefine the next generation of anti-violence movement advocacy.
I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors. But I too, like those I have met who have worked with NCADV in a variety of capacities feel that NCADV changed my life by offering me a space to learn even more about advocacy and social change.
As a volunteer Board member of NCADV I cannot tell you what an honor it is to serve along side such wonderful co-Board members, Rita Smith our incredible Executive Director and of course the entire staff at the Colorado office and the policy supporters in DC. When I first attended an NCADV Conference in 2008 I knew I had found an organization that was and still does make a difference in the lives of abused women, their families and in the lives of Advocates across this nation. I have been honored to sit/stand in the places that some of the greatest women in the battered women's movement have stood before me. I knew I had some very big shoes and in some cases moccasins to fill as I took on the duties of being a Board member. As a former victim, a survivor, a Native woman, an Elder and as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother I cannot express how hard this organization fights for the rights of women to live a peaceful life regardless of color, social class, ethnicity, age, familial status, citizenship or immigrant status,or choice of life partners. Thank You NCADV for making a difference in MY life.
AS A Board Member I have had the opportunity to work with a group that have kept the vision of women living safe and peaceful lives. Meeting some of the bravest most courageous women in America that have survived the horrors of domestic violence while protecting their children in itself is a very humbling experience and standing along side the women that have worked so diligently to see that those women have the resources they need as they move forward is an honor.
As a Board Member and a survivor of domestic violence I am honored to serve with an organization and a group of activist that always gives a voice to the victim/survivors whose voices have been silenced.
In the 1970s and 1980s, when the movement to end violence against women and children had just started hotline and shelter services for survivors of violence, I attended a meeting where Rita Smith had just been hired as Executive Director. Since that time, Ms. Smith has been one of the most revered people in our movement. She has been a rock, unflinchingly brave, a gentle and caring leader who inspires all of us to continue in this work. Because of her work and commitment, NCADV leads in policy development and services for those of us who live for and work a time when everyone will live free from violence.
From my perspective the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been the one organization on the national level that has stayed true to its roots - working for all abused women and children from a grassroots perspective. I am honored to be assoiated with them - for over 30 years!