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.
The Prevention Subcommittee (PSC) is made up of dedicated people who believe that in order for our children to grow up and become healthy and happy adults we need to start teaching them as young people how to have safe and respectful relationships. The PSC is a combined subcommittee of Delaware’s Domestic Violence Task Force and Victim Rights’ Task Force. The mission is to be ambassadors for intimate partner and sexual violence prevention by proactively engaging on individual, community, and policy levels. The vision is “Safe and Respectful Relationships for All”.
DVRTF prevention efforts are supported by funding from Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCADV) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national DELTA project (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances).
DVRTF'S DELTA funding supports prevention training and community-organizing efforts coordinated by the Prevention Subcommittee, as well as community prevention programs for adjudicated youth that have operated out of the Delaware Center for Justice for the past 7 years. Working with Delaware’s Youth Rehabilitative Services, DELTA staff engage school/facility staff and students in creating a culture where safe and respectful relationships thrive. Youth participate in a “Developing Healthy Relationships” curriculum that promotes respectful communication, teaches media literacy, examines gender stereotypes, and encourages young people to be ‘courageous bystanders’ by challenging attitudes and beliefs that support violence and abuse. Other DELTA efforts include staff training on these issues, public service announcements created by YRS students to promote healthy relationships, and the creation and promotion of the website, www.safeandrespectful.org.
Download the PSC Brochure here.