MCEDSV Commitment to Diversity and Traditionally Marginalized Communities


MCEDSV understands the importance of supporting leadership in diverse communities as a key element of the agency mission, philosophy, goals and strategic plan. All of MCEDSV programming and advocacy work is guided by this commitment. MCEDSV recognizes that multiple barriers exist that deny or limit access to quality domestic and sexual violence advocacy and services, especially for survivors from traditionally marginalized populations. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence, especially from communities of color, too often face profound challenges in seeking the quality and culturally competent advocacy, services and resources they need to be safe. MCEDSV is proud of its demonstrated track record promoting and nurturing leadership in linguistically, culturally, and community-relevant outreach and prevention services. Above all, MCEDSV promotes and supports indigenous leadership in communities of underrepresented groups, as they develop their own solutions to domestic and sexual violence.


MCEDSV has a profound understanding of the importance of engaging the community as the cornerstone to successfully building spaces where women are free from the threat of domestic and sexual violence. Further, MCEDSV understands the importance of supporting leadership in diverse communities as a key element of the agency mission, philosophy, goals and strategic plan. MCEDSV has been providing technical assistance for local collaborative efforts in culturally specific communities for many years. MCEDSV has worked throughout its history to build bridges of trust between the Coalition and communities of color, tribal entities, traditionally marginalized groups such as the Deaf, disability and LBGTIQ communities. Over the years, MCEDSV has refined its skills and capacity to support leaders of underrepresented groups who are defining the issue within their community and its impact in their community.




Building the Safety Net Project


Since 2007, the BSN Project has provided unique efforts for capacity building with agencies whose primary purpose is to provide survivor centered direct services to victims of domestic and sexual assault in Detroit . At the core of the project is a skill building program that emphasizes leadership development, collaborative outreach, specialized training and technical assistance. BSN provides executive coaching and training to enhance knowledge and skills needed for successful delivery of high quality and culturally relevant services. This is achieved by strengthening the capacity of domestic violence service providers to provide quality advocacy, support and services to survivors from traditionally underserved communities in Detroit. Coaching has been successfully utilized in the BSN project as a means for strengthening domestic and sexual violence leadership. The BSN team implements interactive training and peer learning as well. A personally designed professional development plan for leadership teams at BSN partner agencies is also an essential element of the project's success.


National DELTA/DELTA FOCUS Project


MCEDSV was one of only fourteen states to receive funding for the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen state and local capacity for supporting primary prevention. MCEDSV is known nationally for its leadership in utilizing an intentional process to promote the needs of communities representing survivors from culturally specific communities as well as advancing the efforts of linguistically and culturally relevant prevention programming in its DELTA project. Three of the four original DELTA sub-grantees in Michigan represented culturally specific communities. DELTA programming in these communities is based on what the community identifies as its unique needs and what the community identifies as its unique strengths.




La Vida


New Visions: Alliance to End Violence in Asian/Asian American Communities


The relationships built between MCEDSV and the three DELTA culturally specific communities planted the seed for an organizational transformation to expand MCEDSV membership criteria to ensure that communities of color working in their own communities to end domestic violence through comprehensive social change efforts were included as primary members.


MCEDSV is now one of ten coalitions participating in the DELTA FOCUS project from CDC, and has continued this commitment to culturally specific work in selecting two of these three local communities to further develop and enhance their primary prevention efforts.  (ACCESS and LAVIDA)



Serving LBGTIQ Survivors


LBGTIQ & Allies


The MCEDSV LBGTIQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, intersex, and queer or questioning) & Allies Task Forces has been active since the early 1980s. In the mid 1990's the Task Force developed a landmark training curriculum focusing on raising awareness of the needs of same sex survivors and decreasing homophobia in domestic violence programs. This highly successful training, which has been updated over the years, has been delivered to over 30 agencies, conferences and community partners across the state; educating over 1000 domestic and sexual service providers.  The training focuses on the effects of oppression on lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender people, exploring similarities and differences between domestic and sexual violence experienced by LBGTIQ survivors and heterosexual survivors, and examining barriers and special consideration when working with LBGTIQ survivors.



Working with Incarcerated or Fomerly Incarcerated Survivors


The MCEDSV Open Doors Project was an innovative project funded by the Administration of Children and Families, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.


To access the tool kit and for more information, please click here: 

Open Doors Toolkit


Resource for Native American Survivors


Tribal Coalition: Uniting Three Fires Against Violence Our sister coalition, Uniting Three Fires Against Violence (UTFAV) is a statewide tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition serving the 12 federally recognized Tribes located in Michigan. UTFAV provides training, technical assistance, support and resources to the Tribal service providers responding to violence impacting Native American communities. UTFAV also works closely with state and federal partners advocating for consistent recognition of the disproportionate rates of violence impacting our communities, the different experiences that Native American survivors face, as well as the general lack of resources that Tribes need to respond to violence.  UTFAV can connect those interested in learning more information about the culturally-specific programming for Native survivors and their families to the outstanding Tribal domestic violence and sexual assault programs located across the State. https://unitingthreefiresagainstviolence.org(906) 253-9775


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