The NCCADV Spring 2017 Membership meeting was held in Charlotte, NC on March 28th and 29th. Over 50 attendees from counties across the state gathered for two days of networking, learning, and exchanging ideas. Members heard presentations from North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, Deputy Director of Policy for the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Monica McLaughlin, and Senior Policy Director for Casa de Esperanza Rosie Hidalgo. Many thanks to our trainers from NAMI NC - Seth Maid and Hannah Rossi Fletcher, to Safe Alliance for hosting the meeting, to Starbucks on N. Tryon Street for the generous donation of coffee, and of course, to our fantastic members, who dedicate their energy, time, and spirit every day to empowering survivors.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein addressed NCCADV members on Wednesday afternoon. He described programs offered through the Office of the Attorney General to assist survivors, including the NC Address Confidentiality Program.
He also discussed his work to prevent opioid abuse and deaths - and how this work intersects in important ways with his office's efforts to support domestic violence survivors.
NC Attorney General Josh Stein with NCCADV Executive Director Dana Mangum.
During Q& A Attorney General Stein responded to questions from attendees about laws protecting domestic violence survivors and services for people experiencing mental illness or living with substance use disorders.
Trainers from NAMI North Carolina (National Alliance on Mental Illness) discussed the intersection of mental illness and domestic violence, providing members with guidance on how to reduce stigma and better serve the many clients who experience both.
Members discuss the ways in which mental illness affects domestic violence survivors and how the trauma of domestic violence can contribute to the onset of mental illness.
Executive Director Dana Mangum awarding a local student who has taken the lead at her high school to raise funds and awareness of domestic violence.