The Women of Color Task Force (WOCTF), a committee of DCADV, was established in 1999. Members meet monthly to discuss and develop strategies regarding the outreach and delivery of domestic violence services to communities of color. The task force strives to increase public awareness of domestic violence through support, education and training.
The task force has defined women of color as "women who have claimed the power to name and define themselves and their experiences through their culture and diversity." Membership is open to all women who self-identify as women of color. Women who are interested in issues of violence against women as well as survivors of domestic violence are welcome to join.
Statement of Purpose and Goals
The task force recognizes the isolation, frustration, anger and lack of representation and invisibility felt by women of color in the domestic violence movement and pledges to work toward the following goals:
- To educate through training, prevention, and the availability of resources.
- To advocate by removing barriers and connecting with national organizations.
- To empower through education.
- To network through outreach and making contacts with others who share our experience, philosophy, and goals.
- To be proactive by identifying opportunities for collaborative efforts.
- The task force provides onsite domestic violence training for religious groups and communities of color.
- In 2012, the task force hosted the conference "In Her Shoes: A Step Toward Common Ground" to increase the dialogue between faith-based communities, social service professionals, and survivors of domestic violence.
- In 2011, the task force hosted and cosponsored a dance performance by Pieces of a Dream that highlighted domestic violence, with a networking reception afterwards.
- In 2010, the task force hosted a "Building Economic Security for Survivors" meeting with representatives from People’s Place, the Community Legal Aid Society, the Delaware Center for Justice, YWCA, and DCADV's WEAVER survivors’ task force to create an action plan for strengthening the economic justice capacity and expertise of DCADV and its member organizations.
- The Women of Color and WEAVER task forces, along with others, cohosted a luncheon with Ms. Mildred Muhammad, a domestic violence survivor and former wife of the convicted DC sniper. Ms. Muhammad was the guest speaker at the Crime Victims’ Rights Week Tribute in April 2010.
- The task force has held cultural competency seminars, as well as tributes to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence.
- The task force has facilitated public presentations and discussions of the film "NO!," a documentary on the silence around sexual assault in the African American community.