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.
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
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.
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!