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Incorporated in 1985, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is a state level nonprofit organization that has proven its capacity as a state and national resource in responding to the needs of battered women and children. Currently, there are 28 direct service domestic violence member programs across the state. ICADV staff provide training, counseling, community outreach, program management and technical support for the member programs, professionals, and the community. ICADV administers seven programs, including but not limited to State Certification of Domestic Violence Programs and Advocates, Legal Assistance to Victims, and a statewide rural AmeriCorps program.
Skylark AmeriCorps Program positions ten formerly battered women each year to be AmeriCorps members, trained to serve as prevention, housing and economic justice specialists. Priority is given to hiring women who have multiple barriers to employment such as a criminal record or low education. At ICADV we believe that some of the best advocates are those that have had personal experience. The Skylark AmeriCorps program is designed to tap into a population with great potential that is often disregarded by employers. The past experience of the AmeriCorps members helps to better inform the work of our agencies. As AmeriCorps members these women will improve their own lives by connecting with their community, build economic independence and gain opportunities for marketable skill development and education. Click here to learn more about AmeriCorps.
Battered immigrant women and children face greater obstacles escaping violence, and ICADV is committed to providing legal responses to clients who are undocumented immigrants or at risk of losing documentation due to abuse. Click here to learn more about the services ICADV provides.
ICADV works with state and local federal lawmakers to ensure the rights of women are protected. Click here to learn more about ICADV's legislative efforts.
Through social change and collaboration we can end violence in our homes and in our communities. Click here to learn more about what ICADV is doing to prevent violence before it starts.
The Skylark Project offers comprehensive services to incarcerated victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Through commutation assistance, Seeking Safety classes, re-entry planning, and the Alice Barton Scholarship Program, we strive to make a difference in the lives of battered women. Click here to learn more about the Skylark Project and the services it provides.
Alice Barton Scholarship Program
The Alice Barton Scholarship Program was founded by Roxanne Conlin, her brother Raymond Barton, and her sister Rhoda Olsen, in honor of their mother, Alice Barton, who was a victim of domestic violence. Roxanne’s goal is to empower women to not only get the help they need, but strive for a brighter future. The Alice Barton Scholarship Program will fund low-income survivors of domestic violence who are seeking their first college degree or technical training. Click here to learn more.
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