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Great work already for Voices Against Violence

October 8, 2009

What has been accomplished already by Voices Against Violence, the giving circle of The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, and its community partners? In just two years of making grants and in partnership with the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV), Voices Against Violence has made possible:
• Creation of a dedicated docket (2.5 days/week) for domestic violence cases in Birmingham City Municipal Court.
Clearing of a backlog of over 800 domestic violence cases in only 18 months.
YWCA Court Advocates for Birmingham Municipal Court who served 1,495 victims of DV from 10/07 to 9/08.
• Successfully advocacy for Birmingham City Council and the Mayor to appoint a special prosecutor for domestic violence cases for Birmingham Municipal Court.
• Pilot project for a shared database among three area DV courts, providing background information on defendants (thanks in large part to grants made to ACADV)
• Use of digital cameras for police to collect forensic evidence, so that “victimless prosecution” is now possible.
• ACADV engaged 12 corporations to implement domestic violence safety policies using Verizon Wireless’ Domestic Violence in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers as the standard).
Jefferson County Family Violence Coordinated Community Response has involved over 30 “responders” (mandated entities, such as law enforcement and courts, as well as others who work in the domestic violence arena) in the process of achieving “best practices” in policies and aligning policies to respond to domestic violence.

Go to The Women’s Fund website to find out more or to contribute to the total that will be used to make even more grants and do even more great work through Voices Against Violence.

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