Diversity & Accessibility
Survivors of family violence come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Honoring diversity, CCADV is committed to improving access to services and resources for all victims of domestic violence regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, language, education, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic or immigration status.
To help accomplish its commitment to diversity and mobilize its vision, this project is managed by the Coordinator for Cultural Diversity and Accessibility – funded through the U.S. Office on Violence Against Women Services, Training, Officers and Prosecutors grant (OVW STOP). Some of the program objectives for Diversity and Accessibility include:
- Developing best practice for working with underserved, under-represented and/or not served at all populations
- Enhancing and creating culturally and linguistically relevant materials
- Providing statewide, culture specific training to improve professional capacity
- Building and sustaining meaningful community partnerships with agencies who are providing culture specific services in the state
Meeting these objectives, provide ample opportunities for CCADV to continue enhancing services for all victims in a pertinent, respectful and relevant way. The Diversity and Accessibility Coordinator, as do all of CCADV staff, participates in ongoing professional and program-specific development. By participating in these ongoing professional opportunities, both domestically and internationally, the Diversity and Accessibility program area benefits by broadening global perspective on family violence and enhancing knowledge on best practice and evidenced based interventions for victims of domestic violence.
Within the Diversity and Accessibility Program area, a multidisciplinary steering committee of dedicated professionals work collectively to assess, provide insight and deliver policy recommendations regarding issues of diversity and accessibility to CCADV. While the committee reports to CCADV and its membership, it also works diligently to increase and sustain community collaboration and public awareness of issues specific to survivors of diverse backgrounds.
Steering committee members, representing regional, local, community and other entities are actively engaged in working with underserved populations in Connecticut. Issues reviewed by this committee may include; service delivery for individuals with limited English proficiency and related resources, development of culturally responsive practices, best practice models for domestic violence agencies and public awareness campaigns. Members of the steering committee include attorneys, social service providers and other community professionals whose expertise aligns itself with CCADV’s mission “to improve social conditions and lead Connecticut’s response to domestic violence.”
For more information on CCADV’s Diversity& Accessibility projects, please contact Wendy Mota Kasongo, Director of Diversity & Accessibility, at (860) 282-7899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.