The Disabilities Subcommittee of the Victims Rights Task Force strives through collaboration to bring system change to allow for equitable justice for all. Activities include education and advocacy with and for direct support professionals, policymakers, legislators, and people with disabilities to bring awareness of and provision of services for appropriate outcomes for victims of crimes who have disabilities in Delaware.
Latino Immigrant Victims (LIV) Subcommittee
LIV subcommittee provides an opportunity for advocates to share concerns, information, and ideas to assist Latino immigrant victims of crime who often face unique issues.
The Legislative Subcommittee works to identify and address legislative issues surrounding victims of violent crime. This may include modifying existing state legislation or advocating for new legislation. The subcommittee coordinates these efforts with other organizations (Domestic Violence Coordination Council, the Sexual Assault Network of Delaware, Criminal Justice Council) to ensure a coordinated community response to victims of crime in Delaware.
Prevention Subcommittee: Community Leaders
The Prevention Subcommittee (also known as the Community Leaders) is a group of individuals who are committed to stopping intimate partner violence (IPV) and teen dating violence (TDV) from ever happening. The Community Leaders group serves the purpose of grounding IPV and TDV prevention work in the community, expands collaboration with non-traditional partners, and expands opportunities for prevention strategies to be diverse, widespread, and encompassing.
VRTF prevention efforts are supported by funding from the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Delaware is one of ten states to be awarded funding through the DELTA FOCUS grant sponsored by the Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention for 5 years (2013-2018). With a focus on lower Delaware (Kent & Sussex Counties), the VRTF, Community Leaders subcommittee, and fiscal agent, People’sPlace, collaborate to develop and test prevention strategies through the REAL Relationships program.
REAL Relationships seeks to create communities where healthy relationships can thrive through an emphasis on Respect, Equality, Acceptance, and Love. This is accomplished through a variety of strategies including: challenging existing unequal gender norms, teaching media literacy, healthy relationship skill development, bystander intervention, and engaging youth through social media. Other DELTA FOCUS efforts include increasing competence in the primary prevention of IPV and TDV, public (including parents, teachers, and other adults) awareness and education, and youth leadership development.
For additional information or if you are interested in helping to prevent IPV and TDV, please visit: http://www.REALrelationshipsDE.org.