Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We are profoundly affected by the injustices happening every day in the world around us. We see it. We hear it. We feel it.

We are committed to supporting North Carolina’s communities of color, and all groups in North Carolina that are marginalized, based on:

Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation
Physical Ability
Immigration Status

We see your struggles for equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice.

Learning about how and what we can do better to build, support, and foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment within the scope of our mission, is the commitment we make to the victims/survivors we serve, including those victims/survivors further traumatized by racism, injustice, and inequality.

For these reasons, we will continuously strive to be a place where all staff members, all volunteers, and all victims/survivors feel safe, feel cared for, and feel heard.

We are committed to the following principles as we seek to be an organization driven by hope for a better present and future.

Safe Environment

We will work continuously to foster a nurturing and safe environment for staff, volunteers, and victims/survivors.

Open Conversations

We will remain willing to have open and nonjudgmental conversations with staff, volunteers, and victims/survivors.

Common Thread

We will conduct ongoing evaluations and make improvements regarding NCVAN outreach and service delivery practices and NCVAN training initiatives to ensure that inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice are a common thread woven into all we do.

Collaborate with Partners

We will work collaboratively with our community partners and allied professionals in pursuit of equity and justice by means of training, consultation, and technical assistance.

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We offer specialized training on victim advocacy and response.

In addition to providing training through the Victim Service Practitioner Certification Academy, we recognize the importance of providing ongoing and advanced training to practitioners actively engaged in the work.