Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC)

The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) was formed in 1993, when a group of scholars and practitioners informally met to discuss the plight of the African-American community in the area of domestic violence. The group ultimately agreed that the “one-size-fits-all” approach to domestic violence services being provided in mainstream communities would not suffice for African Americans, who disproportionately experience stressors that can create conditions that lead to violence in the home.

IDVAAC focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC’s mission is to enhance society’s understanding of and ability to end violence in the African-American community.

IDVAAC closed in September 2016, but the information on this website will be available for review for the next 10 years. Moving forward, the new organization is Ujima, Inc.

Though IDVAAC is not formally together, we can still do consulting. For details, please contact Dr. Oliver Williams at 651-331-6555. His email is owms63@gmail.com.

 
Assembling the Pieces Newsletters

Assembling the Pieces Newsletters

Assembling the Pieces is a newsletter published by the University of Minnesota, School of Social Work, which gives an African-American perspective on community and family violence.  You can download and […]

 
Safe Return Initiative

Safe Return Initiative

The Safe Return Initiative (SRI) was created by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women to confront the myriad challenges facing African-Americans as previously incarcerated men reunite […]

 
Webcasts

Webcasts

IDVAAC conducts numerous webcasts which deal with subjects including Domestic Violence and Prisoner Re-entry, Cultural Competency, Working with Native Families, People of Color with Disabilities, and Community Insights into Domestic […]

 
Videos

Videos

For full length videos and additional videos, please visit will2change.com (coming Aug 2017).  All videos were produced by Dr. Oliver Williams and were supported by OVW, Dr. Oliver Williams, HHS, FYSB, […]