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1 Aleese Moore-Orbih and Purvi Shah, Senior Consultants & Activists, Women of Color Network The Women of Color Network (WOCN), a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is a national grassroots initiative dedicated to building the capacity of women of color advocates and activists responding to violence against women in communities of color. Through trainings, technical assistance, and advocacy, WOCN helps foster women of color in the advancement of their anti-violence work and leadership. The mission of the Women of Color Network (WOCN) is to provide and enhance leadership capacity and resources that promote the activities of women of color advocates and activists within the Sovereign Nations, the United States and U.S. Territories to address the elimination of violence against women and families.


3 Learn how to use the WOCN 3-Tier System to better identify underserved” populations Be able to expand “underserved” populations into the 3-tier populations Better understand the resources and program needs of these diverse populations

4 Objectives WWW.WOMENOFCOLORNETWORK.ORG Be able to list concrete action steps for enabling stronger program impact with underserved populations


6 WWW.WOMENOFCOLORNETWORK.ORG VAWA DEFINITION Geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, underserved racial and ethnic populations, special needs e.g., language barriers, disabilities, alienage status, or age… Underserved Populations: 42 U.S.C. 13925(a)(33)(as amended by P.L. 113-4, Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 )

7 Historical and Systemic Disenfranchisement Based on: RaceEthnicityImmigration Status Sovereignty/ Indigenous Status Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity Cultural, Language and Low Levels of Literacy Geographic Location (Degrees of Isolation) Faith, Spirituality or Religious Identity Age: Youth and Children Age: Adults in Later Life Mental Disabilities or other Mental Health Needs Physical, Cognitive or Sensory Disability


9 The 3-Tier System is innovation in Identification, Outreach and Service WWW.WOMENOFCOLORNETWORK.ORG The term “underserved” represents a wide spectrum of needs. Expanding and enhancing our understanding and approach to include the 3-Tier definitions (Un-served, Underserved, and Inadequately Served) enables us to specify historical or emerging systemic and societal or population-based disenfranchisement, then respond more precisely to these needs and barriers with effective services and advocacy. Un-served, Underserved, and Inadequately Served

10 WWW.WOMENOFCOLORNETWORK.ORG Un-served No services available Severe isolation Underserved Limited access Moderate Isolation Inadequately served Over- represented Access but limited quality 3-TS Expands and Enhances Our Approach Based on a Spectrum of Needs

11 Un-Served Populations NO SERVCES AVAILABLE

12 Underserved Populations: LIMITED ACCESS

13 Inadequately Served Populations : OVER REPRESENTED


15 Provide a clearer distinction among un-served, underserved, and inadequately served populations. Help you recognize specific complexities of underserved populations. Enable you to improve the specificity of services for diverse populations. Applying the 3-Tier System will:

16 Give you new ideas for reaching underserved populations. Provide a new flexible framework for resourcing underserved populations. Help to better identify gaps and challenges in your current processes and strategies. Applying the 3-Tier System will:

17 The 3-Tier System can help service providers in the strategic planning and implementation process. In the development of priorities and approaches to better reach 3-Tier populations. In decision-making in a strategic planning process for relevant programming and services. It can be very effective in establishing priority-setting activities. How Can You Use the 3-TS

18 The 3-Tier System can help service providers assess the needs of marginalized populations Build relationships with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that directly serve these communities. Improve and increase sustainable and effective partnerships with CBOs serving all marginalized populations How Can You Use the 3-TS

19 The 3-Tier System framework enables us to distinguish specific needs across populations in order to more effectively shape service and advocacy strategies and responses. In particular, this approach offers a closer attention to demographics, the needs of small and emerging populations, and ways to form and sustain direct productive partnerships to ensure community connections and respond to the varied needs of diverse populations. What is the Impact?: Avoid a “one-size-fits-all” approach to reaching all survivors

20 The process of increasing and improving effective and collaborative relationships and partnerships with CBOs serving culturally-specific communities will also greatly increase everyone’s capacity to provide effective and relevant victim services that specifically work to end violence against women and families in ALL communities. What is the Impact?


22 POPULATIONUn-servedUnderservedInadequately Served API Black Disabilities Immigrant / Refugee Later Life Latino / Hispanic LEP LGBTQI Multi-ethnic Native Rural Undocumented Youth and Teens

23 Review definition: un-served WWW.WOMENOFCOLORNETWORK.ORG

24 Review definition: Inadequately Served

25 WWW.WOMENOFCOLORNETWORK.ORG Review definitions: Underserved

26 STOP Administrators identified a number of core barriers and challenges in reaching and supporting 3- Tier populations. In particular: lack of sufficient time, resources, and funding. State Administrators’ Challenges


28 Promising Practices Reaching out to other STOP Administrators to learn from and share best practices and successful methods on identifying, reaching, and including 3- Tier populations and CBOs. State Administrators

29 Focusing on the development of sustainable relationships and building stakeholder groups through site visits to diverse localities to better determine the core needs across communities; Expanding the roster of those who attend strategic planning meetings and re-strategizing the quality and content of the goals and outcomes of these meetings; Promising Practices

30 What Opportunities do You See? Promising Practices Outreach Focus Expansion More…

31 WWW.WOMENOFCOLORNETWORK.ORG Better Identification Reach Needs Assessment

32 WWW.WOMENOFCOLORNETWORK.ORG Don’t: Take the easy way out Don’t let, “We tried to reach them” serve as your final answer!

33 Step 1: Reflect: Integrate ongoing “inward- outward” reflection exercises in your program planning. Step 2: Use A Social Justice Lens: Frame the work utilizing social justice approaches to examine oppression, identify areas of equity and non- equity, be more aware of systems of power, and consider ways to level the playing field for all survivors. Step 3: Expand the Definition of Underserved: Utilize the 3-Tier System to deepen your understandings of marginalized populations.

34 Step 4: Become an Aspiring Ally: Make a plan to build and/or improve relationships with representatives from 3-Tier System Populations through self-examination and an evaluation of how privilege and dis-privilege based on identity impacts survivors and is reinforced by those who serve them. Step 5: Collaborate: Join forces with survivors and community representatives from the 3-TS Populations to enhance outreach and support for marginalized

35 Step 6: Utilize Technical Assistance: Draw upon the expertise of national, state, or local technical assistance providers to assist in your efforts. Step 7: Build Up Your Resources: Develop a library of relevant and culturally sensitive information on barriers/challenges, promising practices, and case studies/tips for supporting survivors from marginalized communities.

36 Step 8: Get Ongoing Education: Continue seek out and participate in any needed skills-building opportunities and relevant trainings to increase your knowledge of reaching and serving marginalized populations. Step 9: Build Capacity: Develop and implement a plan to improve your capacity to work with CBOs serving 3-Tier System communities, and to raise the capacity of the CBOs write and submit winning grant applications and to successfully administer federal funds for their programs.

37 Final Questions and Comments

38 CHECK US OUT ON THE WEB Contact WOCN Lead Consultants: Aleese: Aleesewocn@ Purvi: Purvishahwocn@

39 CHECK US OUT ON THE WEB Contact Staff: Tonya Lovelace Chelsea Cox or Rebecca Balog 800-537-2238

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