Changing Faces of the Movement: NCADV and NOMAS Collaborative Conference

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is one of the partner-beneficiaries of The Pixel Project. This post from NCADV outlines the details of the organization’s upcoming conference, which sees them collaborating with the National Organization of Men Against Sexism (NOMAS).

The conference will be held from July 31 to August 4, 2010 at the Hilton Anaheim. Full details are available on the NCADV site.

About the NCADV Conference

The NCADV organized and hosted the first NCADV conference on domestic violence in 1980. Since then, NCADV’s conference has grown to become the largest and most well-respected national grassroots conference on the issue. We are proud to be hosting our 14th national conference this year in Anaheim, CA, Changing Faces of the Movement.

Our conference themes, workshops, presenters and events are structured to provide victim service providers and allied professionals with the information they most need to guide, challenge and improve their work.

The 700-1000 attendees at each conference network, share their stories and ideas, celebrate past achievements, envision the future and enjoy the opportunity to refocus and redouble their energy and efforts aimed at ending domestic violence.

The 2010 conference theme is Changing Faces of the Movement. We chose this theme to stimulate thoughtful dialogue and discussion around the changes, challenges and successes the domestic violence movement has undergone since its beginnings over 30 years ago.

We are no longer a small movement of activists working out of the trunks of our cars and sheltering victims in our own homes. The umbrella of our movement has grown to include the voices and influence of many cultures, ages, faiths, backgrounds and genders. We have become more colorful, savvy and organized politically, culturally and intellectually than when this movement began. Our response is no longer singular in focus as we have learned that combating domestic violence includes addressing, analyzing and responding to the multitude of issues that factor into it. We have organized. We have responded. We have done well.

But we are still changing.

Many of us have been involved in this movement since its inception and longer; many of us are just getting started, but we all have questions that we will try to answer by working together:

  • How do we learn from and support one another?
  • How do we encourage and support leadership?
  • How do we nurture and encourage our youth and involve them in ending violence?
  • How do we continue to support and empower victims, survivors, allies and others working to end violence?
  • What challenges are we facing now and how do we combat them—child custody and domestic violence, fathers rights groups and their actions against survivors and advocates, human trafficking?
  • Are we truly an inclusive movement?
  • Are we truly serving the needs of victims of domestic violence?
  • Are we still the radicals we once were?
  • Since domestic violence still exists, are we doing enough?

About NOMAS

NCADV is pleased and excited to announce that we have partnered with the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS), and will be including their 35th National Conference on Men & Masculinity (M&M) and the 22nd Annual Men’s Studies Association (MSA) Meeting in our conference. The Men’s Studies Association is an interdisciplinary task group of NOMAS which serves to link together a diverse group of scholars, students, teachers, practitioners, and others who study issues of men and masculinity through a feminist-informed perspective. Their meetings are open to everyone and are of interest to non-academics: instead of just jargon and statistics, they provide food for thought, support for feminist positions, lively discussion, and time well spent.

Along with the research focused Men’s Studies Association pre-conference meeting, NOMAS will be providing a welcoming Saturday evening program featuring Michael Kimmel as Keynote and directing a special track session within the NCADV conference. NOMAS and NCADV look forward to this collaboration as a fitting embodiment of the conference theme.

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