DCADV team joins coalitions from around U.S.A. at NNEDV Advocacy Day
Governor Jack Markell signs HB336
SB 110 Signing Ceremony with former Governor Ruth Ann Minner
Public Policy and Systems Advocacy
DCADV’s policy and systems advocacy staff and volunteers work with government officials and agency leaders to inform policy, implement new laws, and assist program advocates on system issues ranging from ensuring the voices of diverse victims are heard to keeping Delawareans safe in the workplace to addressing custody/visitation and confidentiality concerns. A significant component of domestic violence advocacy involves reviewing, monitoring, and sometimes changing those societal systems, policies and laws that are vital to the safety and well-being of domestic violence victims and their children.
Our policy and systems advocacy work includes:
Engaging in Systems Advocacy Efforts
Advocating at Legislative Hall
Participating in the National Discussion
Fostering a Coordinated Community Response
Ensuring Victims and Survivors are Heard
DCADV engages in systems advocacy and provides technical assistance to domestic violence providers and others seeking assistance with DV related issues in a variety of ways, with the dual goals of improving victim safety and offender accountability. We accomplish this through:
- Actively participating in approximately 25 legal, governmental, and private nonprofit committees, task forces, and organizations;
- Reviewing and analyzing police, court, governmental, and advocacy practices and policies;
- Assessing and commenting on proposed legislation, current statutory provisions, and case law;
- Suggesting and working to implement practice, policy, advocacy, legislative, and case law change;
- Creating and disseminating information with the dual goal of extending our general community’s understanding of domestic violence and providing tools for domestic violence victims, survivors, and advocates.
View the webinar "Creating a Community of Change Through Advocacy" and Learn more.
DCADV works collaboratively with Legislators and allied partner organizations and individuals on critical legislation.DCADV coordinates the volunteer Legislative Advocacy Project (LEAP), which assists DCADV in its efforts to advance the safety of domestic violence victims/survivors and their children through effective legislative advocacy. The LEAP effort, often referred to as the phone/e-mail tree, engages volunteers from all walks of life throughout Delaware who support the mission to end domestic violence. LEAP informs and empowers volunteers by providing information about current issues being considered at the state or national level and giving them a means of reaching out quickly and effectively to those decision makers who write laws and allocate funding. Learn more about LEAP and how to get involved.
DCADV sponsors LEAP Advocacy Day every March in Dover, in which LEAP volunteers have the opportunity to learn about the legislative and advocacy process, sit in on a Legislative Session, and distribute information to Legislators.
DCADV is proud that our Executive Director Carol Post was appointed to serve on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women and is a member of the Program Committee of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
DCADV also participates in the National Network to End Domestic Violence Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. every June, in which a team representing DCADV, Member Organizations, and victims’ voices learn about national advocacy and meet with Delaware’s U.S. Senators and Congressman about current issues and funding.
DCADV has provided training and promoted the use of a risk assessment tool that helps police identify victims at high risk for injury or death. The goal of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), created by Dr. Jackie Campbell of John Hopkins University and implemented by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, is to connect victims at the highest risk of being killed or seriously injured by their intimate partner with local domestic violence crisis services immediately. This program that creates a critical partnership between first responders and domestic violence hotlines has been extremely successful in Maryland and has begun to be implemented in some jurisdictions in Delaware. Learn about Maryland’s Lethality Assessment Program.
DCADV takes its role of representing the voice of victims very seriously. In all of our efforts, including training, public policy and systems advocacy, and public education, DCADV staff and volunteers seek input and guidance from victims and survivors and work to ensure our messages reflect the individuals we seek to empower.
DCADV’s WEAVER (Women Empowered Against Abuse in Every Relationship) Task Force and Women of Color Task Force help us hear these voices and reach out to others. Learn about DCADV's Task Forces.
New Delaware Employment Law
Delaware provides employment protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. House Bill No. 4 prohibits employers from discriminating against a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense or stalking. Employers must provide reasonable accomodations, including allowing employees to use accrued leave originally designated for a different purpose to address the DV, sexual offense or stalking. For instance, a victim of domestic violence can use their paid sick time to get a Protection from Abuse order. The employee may be required by the employer to show a court order, a police record, or a statement from a healthcare provider or advocate certifying that they are a victim of one of these crimes. This new law provides important employment protections for victims of domestic violence. Read more.