NCADV has made a commitment to support the work of caucuses, or groups of individuals, that represent members of an oppressed group of people who are disenfranchised and traditionally silenced within society and the battered womens movement through organized, institutionalized oppression. NCADVs current caucuses are:
· The Battered/Formerly Battered Womens Caucus
· Women of Color Caucus
· Jewish Women Caucus
· Rural Caucus
· Rainbow Pride Caucus
· Child Youth Advocacy Caucus
· Queer Persons of Color Caucus
Caucuses, with the exception of the Child Youth Advocacy Caucus and the Rural Caucus, are open only to those who self-identify with that group. The caucuses empower the members by giving them the time and space needed to safely discuss issues important to them and with other members that share the same identity.
Starting a Caucus:
NCADVs caucuses are formed by people of a particular underrepresented group who make a decision to gather. Any group who wishes may gather as a caucus at the conference. If a caucus wishes to seek official status confirmed by the board of directors, the caucus should submit a written request to the board. The request must document the history of the caucus, a contact person, define the membership and explain why the caucus is seeking board status. In order to be eligible, the caucus must have been in existence for a significant period of time and show that it has been meeting regularly and consistently at NCADV conferences.
During the conference, each caucus will have either a meeting, an institute or both. Pre-registration or being a prior member of the caucus is not a pre-requisite for attending the meeting or the institute. Each caucus adopts its own processes for choosing leadership, making decisions consistent with NCADVs bylaws, selecting their name and defining their membership. Institutes and caucuses allow the time and space for groups to gather, network, share stories and information within a safe, supportive environment.
Rainbow Pride Caucus
In 2004, the Rainbow Pride Caucus (formerly LBTGIQQ Caucus) held our third Institute in conjunction with the NCADV biennial conference. The title of the Institute was Power in the Word - Power in the Story: Discussions in History, Identity, Analysis and Community and for the first time participation was open to anyone who self identified as part of the queer community as it is most broadly defined. After years of debate and discussion around the identity of the Caucus, this day was set aside for us to engage in a deeper conversation about the similarities, differences, fears, biases and possibilities that exist within and between different aspects of the LBTGIQQ community.
More than 100 people from across the nation and beyond gathered in Denver to honor the role of lesbians in the history battered womens movement; to critique the gender-based analysis of domestic violence; to discuss the importance of separate space for traditionally silenced groups and illuminate how oppression manifests itself in our own communities. Many thanks to the members of the planning committee for the 2004 Institute that contributed many hours of time, critical thought and creativity to make the Institute a reality: Cynthia Fraser, Barbara Paradiso, Terri Pease, Alisa Porter, Lynn Rosenthal, Rita Smith and Lydia Walker.
The Caucus meeting of the 2004 Conference brought with it stimulating discussion and powerful debate. A number of topics were addressed including an updated edition of the groundbreaking book on lesbian battering, Naming the Violence, a plenary session for the 2006 conference focused on violence in the queer community and the possible development of a national public policy advisory group. The primary focus of the Caucus meeting, however, became our membership and our mission. Though a specific name was not agreed upon, the group ultimately consensed on a new concept for the Caucus:
The Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans Women's Caucus will modify (now named the Rainbow Pride Caucus) its name and composition to reflect a membership of individuals that have experienced sexual orientation and/or gender identity based oppression including people who identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans, gay, intersexed, queer and questioning. This action will be taken with the understanding that any affinity group within the Caucus may call for separate meeting time or space as they deem necessary.
For more information, please contact NCADV board representative to the Caucus: Barbara Paradiso at 303-315-2736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women of Color Caucus Update
The Women of Color Caucus has a long and influential role within NCADV. Our function within the structure of NCADV is to ensure that all women of color have the opportunity to be heard and considered in all levels of leadership and governance. Board members who are women of color represent women of color throughout the movement and take our roles at the table very seriously and with great respect for one another.
Recognition and support by NCADV affords us the opportunity, every two years, to hold an institute where women of color from around the country gather to communicate about their experiences in the field as well as ask for support and guidance in doing their work. Please see the institute descriptions for more information.
Respectfully submitted by women of color caucus members on the Board of NCADV:
Marilyn Horsey - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Barbara Blunt - New Orleans, Louisiana
Stacey Moniz - Maui, Hawaii
Hediana Utarti - San Francisco, California
Lu Rocha - Chicago, Illinois
Battered/Formerly Battered Womens Caucus Update
The Battered/Formerly Battered Womens Caucus (formerly Task Force) originated at the 1982 NCADV Conference. We invite all women who identify as battered/formerly battered to participate, and we continue to work on the following goals:
Continued ownership in the Battered Womens movement:
At least 50% representation of Battered Formerly Battered Women on the NCADV Board;
Empower women who have been victims to claim an active role in the movement;
Provide technical assistance to battered women organizing at the local level;
Encourage all workers in the movement to actively monitor abuse laws;
Provide information and education about domestic violence from the Battered/Formerly Battered Womens perspective.
Encourage all people to work towards ending domestic violence in a manner respectful and empowering of all survivors.
NCADVs board currently has 50% representation by Battered/Formerly Battered Women, and we continue to encourage more of our caucus members to apply to the board. Applications are available at the conference desk or will be mailed to anyone requesting one (call Sylvia Baca at 303-839-1852, ext. 104.)
We also encourage more of our caucus members to share their survival stories and provide other written material so that we can resume publishing a Battered/Formerly Battered Womens newsletter, and to include more of our perspective in The Voice: The Journal of the Battered Womens Movement or NCADVs online newsletter. Please email Gretchen Shaw, Editor of Publications, at email@example.com for submission guidelines.
NCADVs remaining caucuses currently do not have representation, therefore no statement is included on this page: the Jewish Womens Caucus, the Rural Caucus, and the Child and Youth Advocacy Caucus.