Building the Safety Net Project
The vision was to establish a permanent infrastructure of highly‐trained leaders with the knowledge and skills to implement community‐based solutions, creating a community rich with resources to tackle the unmet needs of survivors in Detroit. BSN continues to work as a partner to strengthen six domestic violence agencies through leadership development, skill building, training, mentorship, and organizational development.
In 2011, MCEDSV provided more than 150 hours of comprehensive domestic violence training to advocates with less than five years of experience. In addition, nearly 50 hours were devoted to professional development that covered a variety of topics that ranged from advanced legal advocacy and economic justice to developing cultural competence in underserved communities.
BSN partners received approximately 600 hours of technical assistance. While the majority of contacts with the partner agencies were on‐site consultation, assistance also included research and follow‐up, email and telephone communication. The project also completed feasibility studies on a Detroit‐based hotline for the Detroit‐metro area as well as sexual assault services assessment for area programs.
MCEDSV is deeply grateful to the McGregor Fund, its staff and trustees for entrusting us to carry out this profoundly important work in Detroit.