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We are including a content warning due to discussions of reproductive coercion, slavery, and racism in this blog.

Each June, Pride Month gives space for the LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate their identities, grieve their losses, and remember their history. Through the parades and festivals, candle-lit vigils, and increased awareness and celebration of queer identities, Pride Month should also serve as a reminder to more closely examine the continued needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Father’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the father figures in our lives. This year, we can honor our father figures by examining the expectations that traditional masculinity places on men and boys in society and exploring ways to challenge them.

The Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence joins the voices raised from across the nation calling for justice and an end to racism. The murder of George Floyd is one more heartbreaking revelation of the inequity, danger and oppression that Black Americans face every day.

The last few months have tested our resiliency, practices, and creativity as we navigate new challenges in our work. DCADV remains committed to the development of Delaware's workforce, and continues to provide training to meet the needs of our community.

Research has shown that exposure to trauma increases an individual’s lifelong risk for serious health issues. Adopting a trauma-informed approach to care may improve patient engagement, enhance outcomes, and reduce avoidable care and excess costs for both the health care and social service sectors. This infographic explores: “What is trauma?”, “What is the impact of trauma on health?”, and “How can providers become trauma-informed?”

Every year, millions of Americans are affected by crime. This week is a time to recognize progress that has been
achieved in cementing victims’ rights and to raise awareness of their rights.

Lovely Lacey, Operations Coordinator for Black Mothers in Power, discusses the disparities around pregnancy and birth complications, especially for black mothers and their children.

DCADV is hard at work along with our member agencies, police departments, hospitals and other service agencies. Also, enjoy the interview with Paulette Sullivan Moore.

Learn more about the national trend in both sexual violence prevention and preventative medicine to make medical providers more informed about how to provide a trauma-informed, evidence-based response to patients who disclose victimization. This will help prevent further traumatization and victimization of survivors.

Kenzie Swanson, the DELTA Project Coordinator from Turning Point at People's Place, talks about the DELTA Impact Project and working with youth in violence prevention.

Stephanie Rodriguez, LCSW, DVS, discusses Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and how we can empower and support youth in their relationships.

Learn more about Human Trafficking and the warning signs

Learn more about stalking with this information from Stalking Prevention and Awareness Resource Center.

Mallory Adamski from the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center talks about National Native American Heritage Month and the issues impacting Native people today.

Anti-trans violence is gender violence, and advocacy to end it needs to be taken up in much the same way as we have done with intimate partner violence and sexual violence. November 13th to the 19th is Transgender Awareness Week. It occurs every year in the week preceding the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th- the day on which we remember transgender victims of anti-trans violence in that year.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DCADV's Executive Director explores the various tactics that abusers use to gain control over their partners, and how you can help.

Stay up to date on news and events from DCADV! Read about our 25th Anniversary and the latest policy updates.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. In this month's blog, MHA's Executive Director writes about the connection between suicide risk and DV.

DCADV's Domestic Violence & Community Health Project Manager discusses wellness and what it means.

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DCADV's Director of Finance & Operations and the Training and Prevention Specialist outline the affect of financial abuse on DV survivors.

Juan Rodriguez, the Men's Program Coordinator from Turning Point at People's Place shares his insight into healthy masculinity.

In recognition of Pride Month, DCADV's Executive Director discusses resources for the LGBTQ+ community.

DCADV's Training & Outreach Coordinator shares highlights from the 2019 Advocates' Retreat and Conference.

As we celebrate Mother's Day, DCADV's Executive Director reflects on different ways we can honor the women in our lives.

Trauma is major public health issue affecting the health and wellness of people and families and communities.

Nancy McGee from ContactLifeline, Inc. talks about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and how can can support the survivors in our lives.

DCADV's Manager of Communications and Fundraising reflects on the Battered Women's Movement and Women's History Month.

DCADV's Director of Policy and Advocacy shares thoughts, experiences, and concerns regarding the Family Law Commission Public Hearing held on January 24, 2019 at Legislative Hall.

One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. Learn more about resources for prevention and intervention of teen dating violence.

The phrase “human trafficking” may sound misleading to some. Due to the terminology, it often elicits thoughts of people literally being taken across state or international lines. While that may happen in some cases, human trafficking, in its simplest definition, is a form of modern day slavery. Melissa Pennachi, Council Member of the Delaware Human Trafficking Interagency Coordinating Council, provides more information and resources about this emerging issue.

DCADV commends DE's House of Representatives and State Senate for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The words "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex" are now part of the First State's constitution. We appreciate the work of the many women and men over the decades who have brought us to this historic occasion.

DCADV’s Director of Advocacy & Policy testified in front of the State Senate on Wednesday ahead of the final vote. You can read her testimony here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 7.5 million individuals experience stalking each year. Although it is a very prevalent crime, it often goes undetected or unreported.

As 2018 comes to a close, we are painfully aware of the lives lost this past year to domestic violence. Help is available.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year's theme, #1Thing, gives us all the opportunity to show how one small action can change the world and work to prevent and eliminate domestic violence. What's your #1Thing?

Financial abuse is a form of domestic violence that is pervasive in abusive situations. It is estimated that 99% of abusive relationships involve some form of financial abuse, and about 72% of people stay in abusive relationships longer than they would have wanted to due to financial reasons. It is next to impossible to address the needs of victims without discussing how finances and economic abuse play a role in survivors’ lives.

Federal and state laws provide extensive housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, but these laws are often not well understood or utilized. It is vital for survivors and the advocates who help them to have knowledge of survivors’ rights and ways to be protected from housing discrimination. DCADV's Policy Specialist Marcey Rezac provides an overview of some of these rights and protections.

DCADV’s Director of Advocacy and Policy reflects on legislative advocacy and action over the past year, and looks ahead to next year’s priorities.

DCADV's Executive Director reflects on Pride Month and the need to ensure inclusivity in our domestic violence services.

On May 7-8, 2018, DCADV hosted its 20th Advocates' Retreat and Conference in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Learn about this year's workshops, speakers, and more!

Administrative Professionals are essential members of the team, often the first to respond to those in need and yet, the last to be thanked. They juggle many responsibilities and expectations, and their voice, perspective and insights are critical to achieving organizational goals. Many thanks to Administrative Professionals everywhere for all your hard work!

April 8-14, 2018 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. DCADV's Director of Advocacy and Policy reflects on the rights and services afforded to victims in Delaware.

Inspired by the courageous survivors who shared their personal stories on various social media platforms over the past several months with #metoo, the Delaware Men’s Education Network is committed to stand up and pledge what we will do to bring an end to sexual violence.

On April 10, 2018, Delaware Governor John Carney signed proclamations for both Crime Victims' Rights Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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