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October 2019

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence to host 5th Annual Wine, Women and Shoes® this
Saturday, October 26, 2019


October 24, 2019
 

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (ICADV) 5th annual Wine ,Women and Shoes event is set for this Saturday, October 26, 2019, at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona from 6-9:30 p.m.

 

Guests at this year’s event will enjoy local and national wines, a VIP shopping experience with five local boutiques, exclusive raffles, live and silent auction, seated dinner and high-energy fashion show. One hundred percent of proceeds raised go towards programming, services and solutions for victims of intimate partner violence. The event is also an opportunity for ICADV's staff and Board of Directors to highlight the tireless work that they are doing each and everyday to prevent domestic violence from impacting one more Iowan.


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April 2019

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) ask legislators to vote NO to HHS health care access and education amendment 

April 26, 2019

Today, the Iowa Senate introduced an extreme amendment to the Health and Human Services budget bill that undermines access to health care and health education for Iowans. This harmful legislation excludes specific health services for trans Iowans under Medicaid and prevents Planned Parenthood from competitive bidding on sexual education grants. 


As a survivor-centered organization that oversees direct services in every Iowa county to victims of violent crime, ICADV believes that protecting access to health care and health information is imperative to ALL Iowans. 


Transgender Iowans experience health care disparities due to systemic unequal treatment in access to care, access to providers, and inability to afford health coverage. Medicaid is a critical source of health care for trans Iowans and excluding essential health services from Medicaid for transgender Iowans is a shameful and targeted attack on these individuals. Additionally, educating young people about 
age-appropriate sexual health topics not only keeps them healthy, but it also helps prevent relationship violence. Importantly, trans individuals and young people experience disproportionate rates of violence. 


Adding exclusions to Iowa’s civil rights law flies in the face of the values embodied in Iowa law and excluding our state’s most experienced educators from programs that protect health and prevent violence is shameful. 


Iowa doesn’t need this. Iowa is a national leader in enacting laws that proactively address discrimination and strike the right balance between protecting rights and accommodating freedoms. This proposal means a retreat from Iowa’s commitment to equality and undermines access to essential health information and care and we urge legislators to reject this amendment. 

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April 2018

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How NOT to Commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14, 2018

April 12, 2018

Thanks to a proclamation signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa joined communities nationwide commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 8-14, 2018. This year’s theme, Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims, emphasizes the importance of inclusion and the need to “ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support.” Governor Reynold’s NCVRW proclamation acknowledges that “serving all victims of crime is essential to thriving communities, yet there are still too many without meaningful access to rights and services,” and that “many face barriers – such as isolation, language limitations, distrust of the system, lack of transportation or cultural barriers – that keep them from accessing the services and systems that can help them recover.”

 

Indeed. The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) represents 21 agencies providing direct services in every Iowa county to victims of violent crimes. We couldn’t agree more with both the theme for NCVRW and concerns sited in Iowa’s well-intentioned proclamation. However, ICADV couldn’t be more disappointed that SF 481, a harmful anti-immigration bill was signed into law this week of all weeks, and that legislation known as “Marsy’s Law” (HJR 2010/SJR 2010) proposing an amendment to Iowa’s constitution establishing rights for crime victims may be considered soon. We believe these two proposals send the exact opposite message of inclusion to crime victims. ICADV member programs served more than 35,000 victims of domestic violence last year and employ service providers with several thousand years of combined experience assisting crime victims.

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February 2018
 

Iowans to make case to legislators for sustained funding necessary for survivor services

February 20, 2018

 

The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV), along with 25 sexual assault and domestic violence programs across the state, will be at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to speak to elected officials. Advocates and survivors alike will discuss important issues about sexual violence and domestic assault with legislators to make a solid case for sustained funding for victim services across the state.

 

 “State funding is essential to Iowa’s continued success,” says Beth Barnhill, executive director for IowaCASA. “Together, state and federal funding supports programs that increase safety for survivors of sexual violence and domestic assault. Any potential cuts to these programs severely undermines Iowa’s unique success in serving survivors. Cutting significant funding would unfortunately have immediate, harmful consequences for survivors – especially in rural, underserved communities.”

 

"It's imperative that legislators understand how important sustained funding for programs is," adds Laurie Schipper, executive director for ICADV. "Cuts to funding strike a fatal blow to life-saving services survivors, families and communities depend on from our network of statewide victim service programs.”

 

Starting in 2013, in an effort to address the need for sustained funding and to enhance the availability of comprehensive services statewide, Iowa policymakers invested in a more effective service delivery model that prioritized increased access to services in rural and underserved communities. Victim service providers delivered on these goals with stunning success – 45% more survivors of domestic violence and 125% more survivors of sexual assault have received services between 2013-2016.

 

However, in spite of these numbers, statewide victim services endured a 25% state funding cut last year, diminishing Iowa’s capacity to provide accessible, comprehensive and culturally-competent services. Any additional funding cuts will put a survivor in more danger as access to services and safety options will continue to be limited.

 

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Iowans to make case to legislators for sustained funding necessary for survivor services

February 15, 2018

 

WHAT:             The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) will join 25

                         sexual assault and domestic violence programs at the State Capitol to discuss important issues about sexual violence and
                         domestic assault with legislators to make a solid case for sustained funding for victim services across the state.
 

WHEN:             Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol


WHY:                Starting in 2013, in an effort to address the need for sustained funding and to enhance the availability of comprehensive services
                         statewide, Iowa policymakers invested in a more effective service delivery model that prioritized increased access to services in
                         rural and underserved communities. Victim service providers delivered on these goals with stunning success – 45% more 
                         survivors of domestic violence and 125% more survivors of sexual assault have received services from 2013- 2016.

                         However, in spite of these numbers, statewide victim services endured a devastating 25% state funding cut last year, diminishing
                         Iowa’s capacity to provide accessible, comprehensive and culturally-relevant services. Any additional funding cuts will leave rural 

                         counties without access to any victim services.

 

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Twenty-four victim service providers stand in opposition of Iowa’s “Marsy’s Law”

February 13, 2018

 

DES MOINES, Iowa – February 12, 2018 – Twenty-four victim service providers serving all 99 Iowa counties and more than 64,000 survivors in 2016 have released an open letter in opposition of a bill to amend the state’s constitution with “Marsy’s Law” (Senate Study Bill 3040 and House Joint Resolution 2003). These agencies are unwavering in their support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes, however, they are concerned that Marsy’s Law, while well-intended, is unenforceable and creates false hope for survivors and their families.

 

FULL OPEN LETTER FROM STATEWIDE VICTIM SERVICE PROGRAMS: Why we oppose “Marsy’s Law”

 

As victim service providers who are members of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, we unconditionally support victims and survivors of violent crimes. We believe appropriate public policies should be in place to provide survivors with a sense of justice and healing. However, we do not believe legislation like “Marsy’s Law” (Senate Study Bill 3040 and House Joint Resolution 2003) can effectively meet the diverse needs of survivors and communities.

 

Marsy’s Law proposes amending Iowa's constitution to grant crime victims a series of rights and protections, but provides no meaningful way to exercise those rights. In fact, Iowa law already includes comprehensive victim rights and protections. Before amending the constitution, we should ensure survivors are aware of their rights, and that they have adequate support for the systems and programs that enable them to access their rights.

 

Although we believe Marsy's Law is well-intended, the language is unenforceable and creates false hope for survivors and their families. Additionally, we are concerned that Marsy's Law would divert resources away from systems and services that can meet the comprehensive needs of victims.

 

As victim service providers, we provide survivors in all 99 counties with 24/7 free and confidential support and resources. Currently, the state of Iowa provides us with $5 million in funding to go toward these services. These services experienced a devastating budget crisis during the last legislative session with a 25 percent cut in state funds. Additional cuts are expected in the current legislative session, which will affect how much money our programs can access on the federal level. This uncertainty makes it difficult for us to support survivors, especially those living in rural counties.

 

Meanwhile, $5-10 million is spent by lobbyists passing Marsy’s Law from state to state. That’s more money than the state of Iowa invests in sexual assault and domestic violence services combined. We have limited knowledge of the benefits or the cost such legislation would have in Iowa. We believe the price tag for this amendment is not in our state's best interest. We ask that our elected officials redirect their support toward comprehensive victim services that are already in place.

 

Crime victims and their families suffer terrible loss, and we fully support elevating their voices. Yet amending the constitution without funding the people and systems needed to ensure survivors can access services would be detrimental. The best way to help these survivors is with sustained funding of comprehensive services.

 

We believe Marsy’s Law is an ineffective response to the needs of Iowa crime victims. Clearly, we stand with legislators who want to help survivors. We must continue to work together to address gaps within the current system. Instead of passing Marsy's Law, we urge policymakers to support a task force that explores and responds to these gaps in a way that centers victims and their experiences, and provides a meaningful response.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lisa Ambrose – Waterloo, IA
Executive Director, Amani Community Services
Comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services for African American communities.

 

Ben Brustkern – Waverly, IA
Executive Director, Friends of the Family
Comprehensive shelter services for 14 counties.

 

Melissa Cano Zelayo – Des Moines, IA                                               
Executive Director, L.U.N.A. (Latinas Unidas Services Por Un Nuevo Amanecer)
Comprehensive Sexual assault and domestic violence services for the Latino communities in Iowa.

 

Kimberly L. Clair – Tama, IA
Sexual Assault Coordinator, Meskwaki Victim Services
Comprehensive sexual assault and domestic violence services for the Meskwaki nation.

Carson Eggland – Decorah, IA
Executive Director – Helping Services – Domestic Abuse Resource Center
Comprehensive domestic violence services for 7 counties.

Kristi Fortmann-Doser – Iowa City, IA
Executive Director, Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Comprehensive domestic violence and emergency shelter services for 9 counties.
 

Virginia Griesheimer – Ames, IA
Interim Director, ACCESS – Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support
Comprehensive emergency housing assistance, sexual assault and domestic violence for 6 counties.

Nelly Hill – Cedar Rapids IA
Director of Domestic Violence Victim Services, Waypoint
Comprehensive domestic violence services for 7 counties.

Deb Hogan – Sioux City, IA
Outreach Coordinator, Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence
Comprehensive domestic violence and emergency shelter services for counties in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Mary Ingham – Mason City, IA
Executive Director, Crisis Intervention Service              
Comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services in 15 counties.

Hibo Jama – Des Moines, IA
Executive Director, Nisaa African Family Services
Comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services for African Immigrant and Refugee communities in Iowa.

Laurie Jensen – Des Moines, IA
Domestic Violence Services Coordinator, Children and Families of Iowa – Domestic Violence Services
Comprehensive domestic violence and emergency shelter services for 2 counties.

 

Shari Kastein – Sioux Center, IA
Executive Director, Family Crisis Centers
Comprehensive domestic violence services for 17 counties.

Jacquie Kehoe – Spencer, IA
Executive Director, Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault
Comprehensive sexual assault services for 19 counties.

 

Brenda McBride – Fort Dodge, IA
Executive Director, Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center
Comprehensive sexual assault, domestic violence and emergency shelter services for 20 counties.

Diane McKee – Council Bluffs, IA
Executive Director, Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
Comprehensive sexual assault, domestic violence and emergency shelter services for 9 counties.

 

Ashley Odom – Davenport, IA
Director of Survivor Services, SafePath Family Resources
Comprehensive sexual assault, domestic violence and emergency shelter services for 5 counties.    

Nancy Robertson – Oskaloosa, IA
Executive Director, Crisis Intervention Services
Comprehensive sexual assault and emergency shelter services for 12 counties.

Adam Robinson – Iowa City, IA
Executive Director, Rape Victim Advocacy Program
Comprehensive sexual services for 9 counties.

Johna Sullivan – Adel, IA
Executive Director, Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center     
Comprehensive sexual assault and domestic violence services for 10 counties.

Joey Taylor – Dubuque, IA
Executive Director, Riverview Center
Comprehensive sexual assault services for 14 counties.

Lorraine Uehling-Techel – Ottumwa, IA
Executive Director, Crisis Center & Women’s Shelter
Comprehensive domestic violence services for 14 counties.

Mira Yusef – Des Moines, IA
Executive Director, Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity
Comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services for the Asian/Pacific Islander communities in Iowa.
 

 

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Iowa Primary Care Association Receives Grant to Promote State-Level Policy and Systems Change to Improve Response to Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking

February 7, 2018

 

Iowa recently joined other leadership teams from Arkansas, Connecticut, and Idaho at a kick-off meeting in San Francisco, CA for “Project Catalyst: Statewide Transformation on Health and IPV,” led by national nonprofit Futures Without Violence (FUTURES). The Iowa State Leadership Team consists of the Iowa Primary Care Association, Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence working together to promote state-level policy and systems changes to improve response to intimate partner violence (IPV) and human trafficking in community health centers and domestic violence programs across the state.

 

From now until September 30, 2018, the Project Catalyst Iowa State Leadership Team will collaborate to:

 

  • promote state-level policy and systems changes that support an integrated and improved response to IPV and human trafficking in community health centers and to other needed services in domestic violence programs.
     

  • offer training and technical assistance to five community health centers and five domestic violence advocacy programs in Iowa that will partner with one another on trauma-informed practice transformation.
     

  • implement a vision and strategy to promote policies and practices that support ongoing integration of the IPV and human trafficking response into health care delivery statewide, and significant inroads into implementation of an action plan to train and engage at least 50 percent of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded health centers by the end of the project period.

 

Project Catalyst states will use comprehensive training curricula, health care provider resources, patient education materials, and quality improvement tools developed by FUTURES. This includes ipvhealthpartners.org, an online toolkit developed by and for community health centers and domestic violence agencies looking to forge or expand partnerships.

 

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January 2018

 

Proposal to amend Iowa’s Constitution could hinder resources to assist survivors of domestic violence

January 31, 2018

 

As a statewide leader responding to the needs and elevating the voices of all survivors impacted by intimate partner violence, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) has serious concerns and strongly disagrees with a bill in the Iowa Senate and companion bill in the Iowa House, Iowa’s Marsy’s Law (SSB 3040/HJR 2003).

 

Iowa’s Marsys’ Law proposes to amend Iowa’s Constitution to include a Victim’s Rights Amendment (VRA) seeking to grant constitutional rights to crime victims equal to the accused. Iowa law already includes comprehensive victim rights and protections under Chapter 915, and the Coalition believes any flaws within the current legal system can be changed to protect survivors of intimate partner violence. However, once an amendment like Iowa’s Marsy’s Law is made to the state’s constitution, it is inflexible, as well as any current flaws.

 

“Our experience as a victim service agency has taught us that there are more efficient ways to help and heal survivors of domestic violence,” says Laurie Schipper, executive director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Establishing rights without legitimate remedy gives false hope to survivors and diverts resources away from systems and services that can meet the comprehensive needs of survivors across Iowa. Furthermore, we believe this bill negatively impacts a vast majority of survivors who do not, will not or cannot find safety or justice in our legal system.”

 

To view ICADV’s complete statement opposing Iowa’s Marsy’s Law, click here.

 

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August 2017

 

ICADV and IowaCASA to host anti-violence conference this fall

August 8, 2017

 

This September, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV),
the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) and will host the 2017 statewide conference, Moving Together: Cultivating Dialogue for Social Change.

 

The conference will be held September 27-28, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Airport/Conference Center in Des Moines. Registration is now open at www.icadv.org and www.iowacasa.org.  

 

The conference is an opportunity to introduce the work ICADV and IowaCASA have been a part of at the national level with the Move to End Violence (MEV) Center. MEV supports leaders from the anti-violence movement to step back from their daily work to envision the change they want to see, imagine new strategies, and build the capacity needed to realize this change.

 

Over the course of two days, local and national experts will support and guide attendees as they discuss and explore issues that have gone unaddressed in their communities and the impact they have on survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and community violence. These include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Class

  • LGBTQ rights

  • Mandatory minimum sentences

  • Mass incarceration

  • Over reliance of the criminal justice system

  • Poverty

  • Racism

  • State violence

  • Voter rights

 

Registration and hotel information, as well as a full agenda are available online at www.icadv.org and www.iowacasa.org. For more information or additional questions, please contact Lindsay Pingel, director of Community Engagement, at ICADV, at lindsayp@icadv.org or 515-421-4658 (primary contact); or Matty Smith, communications specialist at IowaCASA, at communications@iowacasa.org or 515-850-1907 (secondary contact). READ MORE

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April 2017

 

Proposed budget slashes victim services funding by 26%

April 12, 2017

 

On April 12, 2017, the Justice Systems Appropriations Subcommittee proposed their SFY18 budget. Legislators proposed a 26% cut in funding for victim services: $5 million for victim assistance grants compared to previous years’ $6.7 million. Victim assistance grants provide crucial support and resources to survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

 

“This kind of significant cut to victim service agencies will create immediate and harmful consequences for survivors,” says Beth Barnhill, Executive Director for IowaCASA. “A reduction in state funds greatly limits access to services and options for some of our most vulnerable community members. Rural offices are most at risk for being shut down under the proposed budget cuts, leaving potentially 10,000 survivors without crisis and advocacy services. Supporters of victim services need to contact their legislators and implore them to protect our communities and to help secure the safety and well-being of survivors. Funding for victim services must be a top priority.”

 

“Cuts to funding will have a devastating and detrimental impact on Iowa survivors,” adds Laurie Schipper, Executive Director for ICADV. “Victim services funding served nearly 47,000 children, women, and men impacted by violence in 2016. With previous support and funding from our elected officials, we’ve seen a 66% increase in the total number of survivors served since 2013. Funding cuts to victim service programs, as proposed in this budget, would shamefully roll back these gains, and threaten the capacity for advocates to provide emergency and post-crisis services to survivors. Without state dollars, agencies can’t pay their rent or keep their lights on. This means fewer offices, fewer advocates, and fewer services. This is unacceptable. Survivors deserve better.”

 

Victim service grants provide crucial support and resources to survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse in all 99 counties of Iowa, including but not limited to:

  • Providing support, referrals, and crisis counseling to survivors and their families

  • Accompaniment by advocates to hospital exams following abuse, court proceedings, reporting to law enforcement, and more

  • Housing assistance, including emergency, transitional, and permanent housing

  • Linguistic and culturally specific assistance to diverse communities

  • Safety planning for families, including children and pets

  • Civil legal assistance and court advocacy to survivors, services that are often necessary to secure a sense of safety and well-being

  • Sexual violence prevention programs for schools, colleges, youth-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and more

  • Transportation assistances and childcare assistance, especially in rural communities

  • Job search coaching, employment assistance, and financial literacy education

 

Since a 2013 restructuring of statewide victim services—a collaborative effort between both coalitions, comprehensive sexual violence and domestic abuse programs, and state legislators—Iowa now serves as a national model for service delivery to other states. Since then, Iowa victim service programs have seen a 125% increase in the number of sexual violence survivors served, and a 45% increase in the number of domestic abuse survivors served.

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February 2017

 

Iowans to speak to legislators to make case for sustained funding necessary for survivor services

February 21, 2017

 

The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV), along with 26 sexual assault and domestic violence programs across the state, will be the Iowa State Capitol tomorrow, February, 21, 2017, to speak to elected officials. Advocates and survivors alike will discuss important issues about sexual violence and domestic assault with legislators to make a solid case for sustained funding for victim services throughout Iowa’s 99 counties. 

 

"It's imperative that legislators understand how important sustained funding for programs is," adds Laurie Schipper, executive director for ICADV. "Cuts to funding strike a fatal blow to Iowa's national model. Cuts in services means programs can no longer provide the range of support and resources survivors need. As a result, fewer survivors will be served. That's unacceptable." Read More.

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April 2016

 

Iowa House votes 98-0 to advance Right to Assistance Act

April 28, 2016

 

Last night, the Iowa House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve HF 493, the Right to Assistance Act, ensuring a significant bi-partisan domestic violence policy will be enacted this year. The Right to Assistance Act provides guidance to cities across the state to confirm that local ordinances protect the rights of crime victims to call law enforcement for help without fear of being evicted from their residence.

 

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) applauds Rep. Zach Nunn (R-Polk) for spearheading efforts in the House to make sure this important domestic violence bill was sent to Governor Branstad before the Legislature adjourned.

 

““A survivor of domestic violence should never have to fear a possible eviction for calling the police for help,” says Laurie Schipper, executive director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We truly appreciate the numerous domestic violence bills considered by policymakers this session, and are grateful for Rep. Nunn’s efforts in the final hours to make sure this bill made it over the finish line.” Read More.

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March 2016

 

Bill that protects housing stability for victims of domestic violence advances to Iowa Senate

March 10, 2016

 

Today, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to advance HF493, The Right to Assistance Act, that protects the right of crime victims to call law enforcement without facing the threat of eviction.

 

“We applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee for acting to advance this bill,” says Laurie Schipper, executive director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We believe that this bill is necessary to ensure that well-intentioned local ordinances do not make it easier to evict victims of domestic violence who call law enforcement for emergency assistance.”

 

Finding safe, affordable housing is the biggest challenge many victims face when leaving or managing an abusive relationship. Approximately 63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence in their lives (Source: National Network to End Domestic Violence). City ordinances that impose penalties on landlords and property owners based on the number of times police are called to a residence disproportionately impact domestic violence victims and families because these crimes generally occur at home. As a result of these laws, tenants are commonly instructed not to call police and often face eviction if they do. Read More.

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February 2016

 

Domestic violence advocates and students to rally for healthy relationships at the Iowa State Capitol on February 17

February 16, 2016

 

Students from across the state will join domestic violence and sexual assault advocates from the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) to lobby for protections for funding streams and healthy relationships to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Rotunda at the Iowa State Capitol.

 

Advocates and students will meet with their respective legislators to discuss ICADV’s 2016 legislative priorities. They are:

 

  • Fund quality programs 

  • Protect housing stability

  • Promote economic justice

  • Advance equality

 

Nationwide, more than 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and most men and women will experience intimate partner violence for the first time before age 25. Read More.

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January 2016

 

Forty four academic scholarships awarded to survivors of domestic violence

January 26, 2016

 

This year, 44 survivors of domestic violence will have the opportunity to change their futures thanks to the annual Alice Barton Scholarship Program from the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Now in its fifth year, each recipient received $1,000 to be used towards tuition, books, supplies, childcare or housing.

 

"Receiving the Alice Barton Scholarship was an integral part of the process of rebuilding a life for myself and my young daughter,” says Joyna*, a recipient of the Alice Barton Scholarship Program. “I knew I had to further my education in order to overcome one of the greatest obstacles victims face when breaking free from domestic violence, economic disparity between the abuser and the abused.” Read More.

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October 2015

 

Community comes together to celebrate philanthropy and to take a stand against
intimate partner violence

October 28, 2015

 

More than 300 ladies and their “sole mates” slipped into their stilettos and came together at Des Moines’ 1st annual Wine, Women and Shoes event for an evening of camaraderie and fun with the common purpose to take a stand for victims and survivors of

domestic violence.

 

Friends, colleagues and community partners gathered at Capital Square in downtown Des Moines on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, to raise more than $100,000 to benefit the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV).

 

Guests were treated to an exclusive VIP marketplace with six local boutiques; fine wines from local and national wineries; a live auction; guest speakers, Sheila Lynch and Ellen Van Dam; remarks from Bonnie Campbell, the event Host Committee Chair; and a one-of-a-kind fashion show. Read More.

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Scholarship program aims to help survivors of domestic violence

October 8, 2015

 

In honor of its fifth anniversary, 35 survivors of domestic violence will have the opportunity to change their futures, thanks to the annual Alice Barton Scholarship Program from the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). Recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards tuition, books, supplies, childcare or housing beginning in 2015.

 

The Alice Barton Scholarship Program works to empower survivors of domestic violence through education and job training. Economic abuse is a common and effective tactic batterers use to control their victims. By enabling victims to gain new knowledge and skills, the program helps victims increase their self-confidence, find better employment and achieve economic independence.

 

“Abuse wreaks havoc on a survivor’s life. Receiving an education is one way to start putting the pieces back together,” says Elizabeth Albright Battles, administrator of the scholarship program for ICADV. “A survivor has an opportunity to see themselves in a new light, learn new skills, and meet new, supportive people. Through the Alice Barton Scholarship, we hope to encourage more survivors to follow their dreams.” Read More.

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Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence puts best stiletto forward as Wine, Women and Shoes® host

October 1, 2015

 

Purchase your tickets for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (ICADV) 1st annual Wine Women and Shoes event! In recognition of their 30th anniversary, ICADV will be hosting this unique event at Capital Square in Des Moines on
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, from 6-10 p.m.

 

Guests at this year’s event will enjoy local and national wines, appetizers, a VIP marketplace with six local boutiques, a live auction and high-energy fashion show. Plus, all attendees will have the opportunity to walk away with one winning raffle ticket to the “Key to the Closet” filled with clothing, accessories, cosmetics, gift certificates and so much more.

 

WW&S® is a national fundraising organization that creates events centered on luxury fashion, fine wines and charities in need. Over the last 10 years, they have helped raise over $20 million for various women and family-related causes through the execution of over 175 well-attended events across the country. Read More.

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June 2015

 

Report reveals gaps in domestic violence service provision, highlights successes

June 16, 2015

 

For the ninth consecutive year, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted its annual National Census of Domestic Violence Services on September 10, 2014 and have released their analysis of that data in the report: Domestic Violence Counts: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services.

 

In just one 24-hour period, approximately 90% of local domestic violence programs across the country provided help and safety to 67,646 adults and children who were victims of domestic violence. Thanks to the tireless work of resourceful local programs, survivors were given a safe place to stay and resources and tools to escape violence and abuse. Read More.

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May 2015

 

Scholarship program aims to help survivors of domestic violence

May 8, 2015

 

Survivors of domestic violence will have the opportunity to change their futures, thanks to the Alice Barton Scholarship Program from the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). Recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards tuition, books, supplies, childcare or housing.
 

“Abuse wreaks havoc on a survivor’s life. Receiving an education is one way to start putting the pieces back together,” says Elizabeth Albright Battles, administrator of the scholarship program for ICADV. “A survivor has an opportunity to see themselves in a new light, learn new skills, and meet new, supportive people. Through the Alice Barton Scholarship, we hope to encourage more survivors to follow their dreams.” Read More.

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Iowa House of Representatives cuts $1 million from funding to victim service programs

May 6, 2015

 

Last night, the Iowa House of Representatives approved their version of the Justice Department Appropriations Bill (SF 497) that cut $1 million dollars – 15% over last year – from programs serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This devastating cut means fewer victims will be served, and severely undermines Iowa’s successful restructuring efforts over the last two years to increase access to services in rural communities and prioritize permanent housing to achieve better outcomes for families.

 

“We are extremely disappointed with the cuts being made that directly impact victims of domestic violence and sexual assault across the state,” says Laurie Schipper, executive director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “This funding is critical to support victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, homicide and other violent crimes as they seek immediate safety, crisis intervention services and emotional support.” Read More.

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April 2015

 

Treynor High School and Thomas Jefferson High School recognized in 5th Annual Let Your Voice Be Heard Video Awareness Campaign

April 29, 2015

 

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is pleased to recognize students from Treynor High School and Thomas Jefferson High School for their PSA submissions for the 5th Annual Let Your Voice Be Heard Awareness Campaign.

 

 

 

“Day after day, dating violence is affecting Iowa youth at an alarming rate,” says Lindsay Pingel, director of Community Engagement at the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We want to thank Treynor High School and Thomas Jefferson High School for each using their creativity and positive message to advocate for healthy relationships.” Read More.

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March 2015

 

Domestic violence advocates to rally for funding and safe dating relationships at the Iowa State Capitol on March 24, 2015

March 23, 2015

 

Domestic violence and sexual assault advocates from across the state will join staff from the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) to lobby for protections for funding streams to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and safe dating relationships on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Rotunda at the Iowa State Capitol.

 

Advocates from domestic violence member programs across the state will meet with their respective legislators to discuss the importance of sustaining current funding streams for victims of domestic violence that will allow programs across the state to work more effectively with victims in need.

 

They will also be discussing a bill – S.F.300 – that has passed the Iowa State Senate and is currently in the Iowa House that would include dating relationships under protections of domestic abuse assault. Currently, Iowa’s domestic abuse assault law does not include protection for dating relationships, even though dating violence is as dangerous as violence in married or cohabitating couples. Read More.

 

Bi-partisan efforts push bills forward to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

March 10, 2015

 

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) would like to recognize and applaud Republicans and Democrats in the Senate Judiciary and State Government Committees who have come together to address issues that protect the rights of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Several bills enhancing protections for victims were approved by the committees with bi-partisan support and are moving on to consideration by the
full Senate.

 

“We are truly grateful to see the commitment and support members of the Senate Judiciary and State Government Committees have shown this session for victims of violence,” says Laurie Schipper, executive director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Their efforts will help to protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse across the state.” Read More.

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February 2015

 

Students to rally for safe dating relationships at the Iowa State Capitol at Student Day 2015

February 17, 2015

 

Students from across the state will join victims and survivors of domestic violence, along with staff from the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) to lobby for a bill (H.F. 15/S.F. 138) that would allow dating violence victims in Iowa to charge their abusers with criminal abuse assault on Wednesday, February 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Capitol.

 

In Iowa, boyfriend or girlfriend relationships account for the majority of domestic abuse relationships (51.7%), followed by spouses at 26.8%. Over one-third of offenders (36%) were ages 16-25. Read More.

 

Moral Mondays IOWA Makes Waves Monday, February 16 at the Iowa Capitol with a call for Stopping Domestic Abuse and Assault by an Intimate Partner

February 16, 2015

 

A firestorm of national media has spoken: intimate partner violence is everyone’s issue, and it has to stop. Rep. Marti Anderson (D- Des Moines, Member of the House Judiciary Committee) will speak on the need to pass deterrent legislation aimed at stopping domestic abuse and assault by an intimate partner today, Feb. 16, at 12 p.m. in Room 15.4 (through Legislative Dining Room G15 on the ground floor) at the Iowa State Capitol. She will be joined by Laurie Schipper, executive director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Currently in Judiciary Committees are HF 15 (Rep. Anderson) and SF 138 (Sen. Jochum), which address this preventable public health issue.

 

Each grantee will work with local domestic violence organizations to provide education and support for domestic violence survivors in the areas of budgeting, credit repair and management, investing, and retirement planning. The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, designed specifically for survivors, is the main financial education resource used to deliver the information.   Read More.

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November 2014

 

Allstate Foundation Awards $75,000 to the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence  to Fund Financial Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors

November 13, 2014

 

Today, The Allstate Foundation announced the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) as a recipient in a one-of-a-kind grant program supporting financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program, now in its seventh year, provides funds to state domestic violence coalitions to help address the
No. 1 reason victims stay in and return to violent relationships—finances. 

 

Each grantee will work with local domestic violence organizations to provide education and support for domestic violence survivors in the areas of budgeting, credit repair and management, investing, and retirement planning. The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, designed specifically for survivors, is the main financial education resource used to deliver the information.   Read More.

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October 2014

 

Scholarship program aims to help survivors of domestic violence

October 29, 2014

 

Twenty-three survivors of domestic violence will have the opportunity to change their futures, thanks to the fourth annual Alice Barton Scholarship Program from the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). Recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards tuition, books, supplies, childcare or housing beginning in 2015.

 

The Alice Barton Scholarship Program works to empower survivors of domestic violence through education and job training. Economic abuse is a common and effective tactic batterers use to control their victims. By enabling victims to gain new knowledge and skills, the program helps victims increase their self-confidence, find better employment and achieve economic independence.  Read More.

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September 2014

 

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence presents the 8th Annual It’s About Time Gala on October 4, 2014

September 22, 2014

 

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) will hold its 8th annual It’s About Time Gala on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at European-Motorcars on the corner of 100th Street and Hickman Road in Urbandale from 7-10 p.m.

 

The evening will kick off with guests taking a stroll down the red carpet followed by live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a live and silent auction. Items that will be up for auction this year include a dinner for eight at Table 128 with Des Moines Register columnist Rehka Basu, a timeshare stay for one week from a choice of up to 20 destinations, a weekend BMW lease from 
European-Motorcars, custom made furniture, signed memorabilia and much more. Read More.

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