Expanding Our Approach

The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) is an organization focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC’s mission is to enhance society’s understanding of and ability to end violence in the African-American community.

IDVAAC was first formed in 1993, when a group of scholars and practitioners informally met to discuss the plight of the African- American community in the area of domestic violence. The group ultimately agreed that the “one-size-fits-all” approach to domestic violence services being provided in mainstream communities would not suffice for African Americans, who disproportionately experience stressors that can create conditions that lead to violence in the home.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 8:30am-4:30pm
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Beyond Safety: Connections to Wellbeing


Webinar Slides Available: Cultural Responsiveness & Cultural Competence In The Courts
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Webinar Recording Available:
Teen Dating Violence and African American Youth
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 Webinar Recording Available:
Accessing Federal Funding, Targeting Programs Servicing Black Members of the African Diaspora for the Prevention of Violence Against Women
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 Conference Call Recording Available:
Get Access to Federal Funding, African American Targeted Programs for the Prevention of Violence Against Women
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 Webcast Recording Available:
Prisner Re-Entry & Tracking Revocation and New Changes
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 IDVAAC is on YouTube:
Visit our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/idvaac to view a number of informative videos.


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Featured Initiative

Safe Return Initiative

The Safe Return Initiative (SRI) was created by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women to confront the myriad challenges facing African-Americans as previously incarcerated men reunite with their families.

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Featured Publication

Speaking of FaithSpeaking of Faith: Domestic Violence Programs and The African American Church

Domestic Violence is a real concern among members of the Faith Community. The purpose of this DVD and companion readers guide is to show how some Church leaders are including it as part of their ministry and to explore how faith leaders and the church as a whole, can respond to how violence produces a crisis of Faith with victims of abuse.

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