The Women of Color Network WOCN

Linked with Alice Ophelia Hyman Lynch – USA.

WOCN is a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence nrcdv, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence PCADV

If you are in danger, please call:

  • Emergency services: 911
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

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Address: WOCN, 6400 Flank Drive, Suite 1300, Harrisburg, PA 17112, USA;
Contact: (phone) 800-537-2238, ext 137; (fax) 717-545-9456; e-mail.

Mission: The mission of the Women of Color Network (WOCN) is to provide and enhance leadership capacity and resources that promote the activities of women of color advocates and activists within the Sovereign Nations, the United States and U.S. Territories to address the elimination of violence against women and families.

History: In 1997, a group of women of color from across the country gathered to establish an entity to address the unique challenges facing women of color advocates and activists within the violence against women movement. Since that time, the Women of Color Network has created a national medium where women of color can dialogue, network, organize, and obtain resources to support their efforts.

WOCN has accomplished this by:

1. Providing women of color access to information that they might not otherwise receive through:

  • Leadership Training on such topics as fundraising, program development, and public policy.
  • Mentor Project with approximately 100 mentors and close to 300 mentees across the United States and territories.
  • Mentor Listserv to facilitate immediate, electronic access to technical assistance and resources to mentors to be disseminated to their mentees.

2. Challenging systems and institutions that create barriers for women of color and their communities in their work to achieve violence-free lives through:

  • Regional Forums in partnership with National Network to End Domestic Violence bringing together women of color from local domestic violence and community-based programs as well as the Executive Directors and other state coalition staff to develop state plans for effecting change.
  • Partnerships and Collaboration with such entities as Coalition Advocates and Attorneys Network, Domestic Violence Resource Network, and Building Comprehensive Solutions Institute to examine public policy as it relates to communities of color and to conduct women of color roundtable discussions and networking sessions.

3. Promoting the development of independent, women of color led initiatives that are more likely to reach and effectively serve communities of color through:

  • WOCN Resource Guide Update listing over 200 women of color activists and 60 culturally-specific programs across the country.
  • Mentor Site Visits to highlight and provide on-site technical assistance to women of color led programs and initiatives.

4. Examining local, state, federal and tribal policies and provide opportunities for women of color to organize and exercise their voice regarding issues that effect their personal and professional lives through:

  • Focus groups to discuss child welfare systems as it relates to communities of color and domestic violence leading to the publication of a report.
  • WOCN National conference in fall 2003 entitled “Moving Beyond Emergency Services: Increasing Economic Security for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Assault”.
  • Strategy meetings alongside national, tribal, and immigration-based domestic violence and sexual assault organizations, and culturally-specific institutes such as Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence and Alianza on matters related to state and national policy.

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