OAESV is proud to be part of collaborative efforts in our state to address the public policy, advocacy, and prevention needs of underserved and marginalized communities in Ohio. OAESV is committed to confronting and eliminating all forms of oppression against Ohioans, including sexual and intimate partner violence. Below is information regarding the caucuses and task forces in which OAESV participates. We welcome interest and participation in these collaborative efforts from professionals, concerned citizens and survivors of violence throughout Ohio.
Women of Color Caucus
The Ohio Women of Color Caucus is a group of diverse women concerned about the violence against women of color. We are committed to developing leadership in women, community education, and efforts that will influence policy and systems to more effectively respond to improving the lives of all women. This group is open to all women who self-identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Arab/Middle Eastern, Black/African American/Caribbean/West Indies, Native/Indigenous, and Hispanic/Latin descent. Our values include:
Safe spaces for women of color
Support and problem solving
Appreciation for the whole person
For more information about becoming a Member of the Women of Color Caucus, please click HERE or contact Rosa Beltré or Tonia Moultry. For a flyer with 2017 meeting dates, click HERE.
LGBTQI Task Force
The LGBTQI Task Force is a multidisciplinary collaborative of professionals and individuals dedicated to developing resources and best practices addressing domestic violence and sexual assault in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning communities. Goals of the task force include:
To provide information about domestic violence and sexual assault in LGBTQI communities;
To provide training to mainstream service providers and advocates about domestic violence and sexual assault in LGBTQI communities;
To increase the capacity of advocates and service providers to provide effective service to LGBTQI survivors; and
To facilitate the networking process between taskforce members and appropriate agencies to form collaborative efforts to effectively serve LGBTQI survivors
For more information about the LGBTQI Task Force, please contact Rosa Beltré.
Abilities Task Force
The mission of the Abilities Caucus is to create awareness about all forms of abuse including domestic, intimate partner, sexual violence and oppression and to advocate for initiatives in upholding human rights and needs of all Ohio survivors/co-survivors with varying abilities through national multi-disciplinary collaboration. Goals of the Abilities Task Force include:
To advocate for the human rights and needs of survivors/co-survivors with varying abilities in Disability and Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deaf Blind communities
To increase public awareness on abuse, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and oppression and the impact of prevalence among survivors/co-survivors in these respective communities
To facilitate Anti-Oppression training sessions for Ohio regions in partnership with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN).
To develop accessible online information for survivors/co-survivors in these communities within Ohio
To educate political entities in Ohio on the human rights and needs of survivors/co-survivors in these communities in partnership with ODVN
To engage in educational activities designed to aid in the development of legislation supportive in reinforcing human rights of survivors of abuse, domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence in partnership with ODVN
To advocate for transformation into culturally sensitive and accessible services within service delivery systems to fully address the issues related to abuse, domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence for survivors with varying abilities in these communities
To provide leadership in development of best practice protocols on effective multi-disciplinary response to crime victims with varying abilities who disclose abuse, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence in the state of Ohio
To encourage collaboration among Abilities Task Force members and agencies serving these communities in a partnership to secure funding streams in addressing these issues for survivors/co-survivors of these communities in Ohio
To strengthen collaborative efforts in implementing the goals and objectives of the Abilities Task Force through facilitation of a statewide networking process between task force members and agencies serving these communities
For more information about the Abilities Task Force, please contact Becky Perkins.