Domestic Violence Coalition Celebrates 40 Years of Advocacy
2022 marks 40 years since the incorporation of the state’s network of domestic violence advocacy organizations, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV). The anniversary comes at a time when domestic violence is surging across the state, underscoring the importance of the Coalition and its member programs. LCADV is an advocacy organization whose membership consists of organizations, programs, and individuals working to end domestic violence in Louisiana. Its core membership consists of 16 community-based organizations that provide a wide array of services to survivors of domestic violence. The Coalition is also the leading voice for domestic violence advocacy across the state, providing statewide education campaigns, legislative advocacy, and targeted training for professionals.
LCADV will commemorate the milestone with a year-long campaign throughout 2022. Its commemorative events will feature a $40 for 40 giving campaign, several regional pop-up luncheons for domestic violence advocates, an ongoing call for story submissions, and a celebratory banquet in November. “We have a rich history, full of memories and experiences that have shaped the movement to end domestic violence in Louisiana,” said Mariah Wineski, executive director of LCADV. “We celebrate our 40th year in a position of strength and unity. What a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our movement’s history and chart a course for its future.”
Just last month, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor released a report addressing current challenges in Louisiana’s response to domestic violence, many of which the Coalition is actively working to address. The report found insufficient funding for domestic violence services, sporadic enforcement of existing laws to protect victims, and a lack of oversight for services provided to abuse perpetrators, among other deficiencies. “We have so much work to do in order to create a safer environment for Louisiana families,” Wineski said. “We move into the future ready to address these challenges with creativity and commitment.” More information on LCADV’s 40th anniversary, including an interactive timeline of accomplishments and ways to support their work, can be found at https://lcadv.org/lcadv-celebrates-40-years-of-impact/