LGBTQI Task Force
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network had other taskforces to address domestic violence within underserved or marginalized communities and realized that there was no intentionally focused response to address domestic violence within the LGBTQI communities. In the spring of 2010, ODVN and the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) partnered to convene the LGBTQI taskforce made up of community members, allies and DV advocates to decrease the barriers for LGBTQI survivors who are seeking services to address the violence in their lives.
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Legal Advocacy Caucuses were established primarily for legal advocates to obtain training on issues regarding domestic violence and stalking, to discuss criminal and civil court advocacy issues, to obtain public policy updates that affect the laws in their counties or the entire state of Ohio, and to provide a networking platform as well.
Goals and Objectives:
- To provide information about domestic violence and sexual assault in LGBTQI communities
- To provide training to mainstream service providers and advocates about domestic violence and sexual assault in LGBTQI communities
- To increase the capacity of advocates and service providers to provide effective service to LGBTQI survivors
- To facilitate the networking process between taskforce members and appropriate agencies to form collaborative efforts to effectively serve LGBTQI survivors
The LGBTQI brings together domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, community agencies and community members and their allies to network, develop resources and best practices addressing domestic violence and sexual assault in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning communities. This taskforce will have a listserv established to assist with resource sharing and networking. Please contact our ODVN Outreach Coordinator to Underserved Populations for information about meetings or to join this taskforce.