Women of Color Task Force
Who We Are
In 1987 the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women (NJCBW) became one of many domestic violence coalitions nationally to establish a task devoted to issues to people of color. The NJCBW bylaws established that one seat be held on the Board of Trustees by the Chair of the WOCTF. The task force accepts the responsibility to:
- Develop and direct timely, innovative actions by domestic violence programs on behalf of racially and ethnically marginalized battered women and women with disabilities.
- Identify and advocate for the needs of racially and ethnically marginalized battered women and women with disabilities
- Provide a safe forum for women of color advocates to network for the purpose of encouragement and support concerning domestic violence and related issues in communities of color.
Statement of Purpose
The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women’s Women of Diversity Task Force is on a mission to eliminate barriers to inclusion and access. The Task Force seeks to establish equitable services and resources for all battered women especially those women who have traditionally been underserved. This includes all women of color, immigrant women, marginalized religious groups and women with disabilities. We are committed to do this through advocacy, education and training and public awareness.
- 2005-Cultural Competence Survey of NJ domestic violence staff
- 2006-Report on the Cultural Competency of NJ Domestic Violence Programs 6
- Inclusion and Access Implementation Plan 2007-2010 a strategic plan for the New Jersey domestic violence programs
Who are Women (People) of Color?
People of color as defined in the United States refers to African Americans, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Latinos/Hispanics, and Native Americans. People of color is a fluid term, defined by the social, political and economic mainstream of a community and not necessarily by how individuals self-identify in terms of their race, ethnicity and color. However, many women of color have claimed the power to name and define themselves and their experiences through their culture and diversity.
The WOCTF is open to all advocates, survivors or interested parties who self-identify as women of color The meetings are held on the first Friday of each month (except July) to discuss and develop strategies regarding the outreach and delivery of domestic violence services to marginalized communities. For meeting information and other questions contact NJCBW at 609-584-8107.