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As advocates for social change, we know that all forms of violence and oppression are interconnected and directly impact the ability of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to be safe.

Video and eye-witness accounts to the arrest of the young high school student once again put a spotlight on the excessive response BIPOC receive when they gather together – even with a permit AND permission – to protest. Here in Iowa and across the country, we have seen a pattern of violence aimed at silencing BIPOC protestors that has been re-traumatizing for so many who have experienced systemic violence and inequality their entire lives. What kind of message does this send to young people about their right to speak out and have their voices heard? Are the rights of individuals to speak freely and assemble only guaranteed for certain words and certain people?

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We are in a #CRISIS4IAVICTIMS

Published: March 8, 2021

Together, state and federal funds support Iowa programs serving victims of violent crime. Federal funds increase the capacity of programs to provide more comprehensive services, but state funds support staff and operational costs. Currently, federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants are the largest source of funds supporting crime victim services.

 

However, a devastating 35 percent cut in federal funding in state grants through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) means a $6 million decrease in federal victim services funds to Iowa this year. This massive cut in federal funding for state grants through VOCA means 5,000 fewer crime victims will receive services from Iowa programs in the new fiscal year (FY22) and more than 23,000 fewer will be served the following year (FY23). That is why it is imperative that Iowa Legislators invest at least $7.5 million in state crime victim service programs NOW!

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Now more than ever, it is imperative that we use our collective strength to create a safe and peaceful world for all of us
can thrive

Published: January 11, 2021

As an organization working to support survivors of gender violence and to engage all people in efforts to end the social and political systems that perpetuate violence, we are deeply pained by the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol and similar efforts in state capitols across the country. We are pained by the violence and by the permission and encouragement from many elected officials for this shameless attempt to subvert and overthrow the legitimate outcome of a democratic election. This harms our democracy.

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Dr. Maria Corona named executive director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Published: January 7, 2021

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is proud to announce that Dr. Maria Corona has been hired as the new executive director. In this role, Dr. Corona will use her extensive experience of community organizing,  advocacy and passion for social and racial justice to continue the transformation of domestic violence services and response in Iowa to create the conditions where every person can thrive. 

 

“Maria exemplifies the direction that ICADV has been moving in and continue moving towards. Her personal and professional experience provides her with a a keene insight into where barriers exist and where there are opportunities to revamp and re-envision the next iteration of victim services,” says Monserrat Iniguez, chair of ICADV’s Board of Directors. “The conditions our communities exist in created a powerful leader in Maria, and I am excited to work alongside her to bring the Coalition's work to the next level.”

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Domestic abuse presents a deadly threat to millions of people across America. But as concerns about police misconduct grow, feminists are reconsidering the costs of criminalization.

Iowa’s statewide domestic violence coalition is one of a handful across the country that have started to reconsider the emphasis on tightening criminal penalties. Nationally, the trend within the domestic violence advocacy community has been a shift not only to move away from criminal justice as a focus for activism, as a focus for policy reform, as a focus for collaboration, but…also a shift to invest in changing the social conditions that create and foster violence.

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