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Michigan (multiple locations)

 

Project Name

Partners Against Violence and Injustice in Michigan (PAVIM)

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Partners

Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University (DDI) This link will open a new browser window. (http://ddi.wayne.edu) is Michigan’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). As a UCEDD, DDI is funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to address disabilities across the lifespan through education, community support and training, research, and information dissemination.

The Arc Michigan This link will open a new browser window. (http://arcmi.org) facilitates a statewide network of local chapters assisting persons with developmental disabilities and their families through education, training, technical assistance and advocacy.

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) This link will open a new browser window. (http://www.mcedsv.org) is a statewide membership organization whose members represent a network of 79 DV/SV programs that provide comprehensive emergency and supportive services to victims of DV/SV, and more than 100 allied individuals and organizations. MCADSV is dedicated to the empowerment of all the state’s survivors of DV/SV. It’s mission is to develop and promote efforts aimed at the elimination of all domestic and sexual violence in Michigan.

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) This link will open a new browser window. (http://www.mymdrc.org) has supported the agenda of Michigan citizens with disabilities since 1982. MDRC has a long history of collaboration with different communities to achieve policy ends like personal independence, safety, the development of personal and groups skills, advocacy outcomes, and the general presence of people with disabilities throughout Michigan’s local communities.

Overview

PAVIM is comprised of state-focused organizations that provide skills, knowledge and expertise necessary for addressing the needs of people with disabilities who have experienced DV/SV. Organizational partners have varying levels of pre-existing relationships with each other, and we come together to form this collaboration based on our shared commitment to improve service delivery systems for individuals with disabilities who have experienced domestic or sexual violence with an emphases on the needs of those with developmental disabilities. Our name Partners Against Violence and Injustice in Michigan (PAVIM) originates from an early partnership under a previous Department of Justice disability grant program. That early work together laid the foundation for ongoing relationships and current collaborations. Each organization has a demonstrated record of creating change within their organizations and the systems they influence.

Planning For Change

Recipients of the Office on Violence Against Women's Education & Technical Assistance Grant to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities are required to engage in a planning and development process. As part of this process, each collaboration conducts activities to strengthen their collaboration, identify their focus, learn about the needs in their organizations, and develop a concrete plan for addressing those needs. This section contains files that document Michigan's planning and development process, including their efforts to: strengthen their collaboration; identify their needs; and strategically plan for change in their partner agencies.

Strengthening Their Collaboration

As part of the planning phase of their grant project, Partners Against Violence and Injustice in Michigan worked on strengthening their collaboration. They collectively determined and agreed upon: member roles and responsibilities; a vision and a mission; shared values; decision making and conflict resolution protocols; policies on confidentiality; communications and work plans; and relevant definitions. Their collaboration charter summarizes these decisions.

The Collaboration Charter, is a jointly created document that summarizes and memorializes the decisions the collaboration agreed upon including: a vision and a mission; shared values; decision making and conflict resolution protocols; policies on confidentiality; communications and work plans; and relevant definitions.

Vision

All adults with disabilities in Michigan who experience domestic and/or sexual violence will have access to a comprehensive and collaborative system of supports and services that ensures healing, safety, justice and self-empowerment. Individuals will receive accessible, welcoming and responsive services, and they will be met by skilled and competent service providers.

Mission

PAVIM will create a model for working together across disciplines so that agencies and systems strive to work collaboratively to ensure safe and effective service delivery for individuals with disabilities who have experienced domestic or sexual violence in Michigan. We will accomplish this by: ● Building state and local level collaborations to identify unmet needs and gaps in service delivery systems statewide and in local communities and creating solutions to meet these needs ● Developing collaborative processes between domestic and sexual assault and disability service providers to put into place policies and procedures that increase physical, programmatic and attitudinal accessibility and responsiveness for adults with developmental disabilities who have experienced DV/SV ● Working to build and support local collaborations in developing practices that are person centered, self-determining and put the person with the disability who has experienced DV/SV in control of the process ● Supporting and nurturing all service providers (be they identified as DV/SV or disability) so they can provide appropriate support to persons with disabilities who have experienced DV/SV by enhancing and implementing policies and procedures ● Integrating the supports necessary for system and social change and to sustain person- centered advocacy in communities across Michigan beyond the project period

Identifying Their Needs

After strengthening their collaboration and building a strong foundation to work from, Michigan formulated a detailed plan for determining the needs in their organizations.

The Michigan collaboration then gathered vital information about the strengths and gaps in their organizations' services delivery system, documenting their approach to gathering this information in a Needs Assessment Plan. The plan includes their methodologies, recruitment strategies, and questions for each audience.

The team then completed an in-depth needs assessment process to determine the needs of survivors with disabilities in each of their organizations. Partners Against Violence and Injustice in Michigan subsequently created a report outlining their key findings.

The Needs Assessment Report documents what the collaboration found when they interviewed or conducted focus groups with key audiences within their organizations.

Developing Their Plan for Change

In response to the needs identified in their organizational assessments, Partners Against Violence and Injustice in Michigan (PAVIM) created a detailed plan for overcoming these challenges and to address the needs of survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors.

The needs assessment led the collaboration to develop a Strategic Plan which documents the collaboration’s plans for improving services for survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors. It includes the collaboration’s justification for each initiative and the timelines for completion.

 

Contact Information

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence

Tammy Lemmer
(517) 347-7000 ext. 27 (v)
(517) 381-8470 (TTY)
Email: Tammy.Lemmer@mcedsv.org