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African American Resources

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) - Publications Safe Return Initiative, IDVAAC has several products to disseminate insightful information and promising practices gathered through roundtable discussions, focus groups, interviews and other Safe Return Initiative activities. These resources offer the perspectives of domestic violence practitioners, parole and corrections professionals, battered women, and ex-offenders to present first-hand, practical knowledge on how to effectively serve battered women and their families as their current or former partners return to the community. Products are designed to educate service providers in the corrections and domestic violence fields, as well as other service providers and stakeholders who serve this population. The following are publications at http://www.idvaac.org/Currentinitiatives/safereturninitiatives/products.html:

  • Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in the African American Community (Download PDF)

  • Concepts in Creating Culturally Responsive Services for Supervised Visitation Centers This report was developed to assist Office on Violence Against Women Supervised Visitation Center (SVC) and Safe Exchange program grantees in examining how they serve culturally diverse populations. (Download PDF)

  • SRI Roundtable Brief: During the initial phase of the Safe Return Initiative, IDVAAC in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice conducted a roundtable discussion with representatives from re-entry programs in Nashville, Tennessee; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Portland, Oregon. These programs are unique because of their attention to the safety needs of women in relationships with men in prison and on parole. This report summarizes these sites’ descriptions of their work, what they perceive as challenges and what they believe can enhance their efforts. (Download PDF)

  • Safe Return: Phase 1 Report 2003-2005 Most efforts to address re-entry have focused on the influence of unemployment, substance abuse, and inadequate housing on prisoners’ post-release success. To date, limited attention has been given to the connection between domestic violence and criminal recidivism. This report highlights Safe Return Initiative training efforts in Minnesota to address the important, yet understudied intersection of prisoner re-entry and domestic violence. Oliver Williams, Ph.D. (Download PDF)

  • Domestic Violence and Prisoner Reentry: Experiences of African American Women and Men This report recommends ways to address domestic violence when African American women are in intimate relationships with African American men who are in prison or on parole. The report draws on discussion groups of men and women dealing with reentry who were asked how similarly situated people experience and manage conflict with their partners. The recommendations include emphasizing cultural competence in programming and providing institutional support to intimate partners and their children who are preparing for an incarcerated person's return, whether or not they choose to reunify with returning prisoners. Creasie Finney Hairston and William Oliver (Download PDF)

  • Safe Return: Working Toward Preventing Domestic Violence When Men Return From Prison Corrections and parole officials and domestic violence advocates met in two roundtable discussions to examine ways to address intimate partner violence when men return from prison. This report summarizes the practices and key challenges identified in those meetings and addresses themes such as institutional resistance to addressing domestic violence, ways to involve intimate partners--including women who may have been victims of domestic violence--in reentry planning, and the value of cultural competence and programming that considers race. Mike Bobbitt, Robin Campbell, and Gloria L. Tate (Download PDF)

  • The Front Line: Building Programs that Recognize Families' Role in Reentry This Issue in Brief examines the trend towards providing family-focused reentry programming in prison and in the community, highlights ways that jurisdictions are structuring such efforts, and addresses the challenges involved. The paper discusses the family reintegration program of Project Greenlight, a prison-based pilot program operated by Vera in partnership with the New York State Department of Correctional Services and the New York State division of Parole. Mike Bobbitt and Marta Nelson (Download PDF)

The Women of Color Network (WOCN) , is a national grassroots initiative responding to violence against women and families in communities of color. We are a place where Women of Color in grassroots and mainstream programs can connect across geographic, social, political and professional boundaries. Designed by and for women of color, WOCN is committed to promoting women of color leadership, facilitating critical dialogues, and mobilizing for social justice issues.

The Women of Color Network (WOCN) - Publications The following publications can be found on the WOCN website. http://womenofcolornetwork.org/publications/index.php:

  • WOCN Young Women of Color Advocates & Leadership Tool A Mentoring Tool for Advocates in the Anti-Violence Against Women Movement. This tool was created to be a sound guide for young women of color (YWOC) advocates in the anti-violence against women (VAW) movement who are interested in building a mentor relationship. Young women of color, in particular, are less likely to have access to mentors or mentoring relationships, despite the important role mentoring may play in workplace success and professional growth. Although this tool is intended to encourage mentoring of YWOC advocates, it also has applicable uses for anyone trying to establish effective mentorship. Click here to view the tool

  • Sexual Violence Factsheet Prevailing sexist and racist attitudes make women of color particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and access to support services difficult. Click here to view the factsheet

  • Elder Abuse Factsheet In the United States, elder abuse or abuse in later life is a hidden epidemic among a growing population. Click here to view the factsheet