The passage of VAWA brought with it an Inclusion Mandate which bans discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.” Realizing this is new territory for many abuse shelters and domestic violence programs, SAVE has created the Inclusive-VAWA Resource Center to assist program administrators. The Resource Center includes fact sheets, an inclusion checklist, special reports, a summary of legal requirements, and more.
The Resource Center also includes a sample Resolution for lawmakers who want to assure that under-served populations have equal access to services. These populations include African-Americans, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Immigrants, LGBT, Male Victims, and Persons with Disabilities. You can take a copy to your Representative and ask them to introduce the Resolution.
We’re also offering a consulting service to help domestic violence and sexual assault programs and shelters implement the VAWA Inclusion Mandate. This service can include phone consultations, trainings, website updates, and development of brochures and training manuals.
Visit the Resource Center now: www.saveservices.org/inclusive-vawa/resources.
Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
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