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Paying off “Coalitions Against Domestic Violence” Programs =/= Stopping DV!

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I tweet.  This post came from a recent tweet by NCADV:

NCADV ‏@NCADV

THE 30 for 30 FATHERS DAY CAMPAIGN CALL-TO-ACTION!http://conta.cc/Kg0Lxf

which leads to another fatherhood promotion: ‘CALLING ALL DADS WE WANT YOU!”

Calling all Dads out there and everywhere: Are you searching for a different and positive way to celebrate Father’s Day while supporting for the cause to end violence against women?

Keep in mind that the words “Domestic Violence” (as Family Violence, Interpersonal Partner Violence, etc.) has become an industry, funded only in part by the “VAWA” act and grants from the “Office of Violence Against Women” under the US DOJ.

  • Reminder: (USDOJ is a Department in the Executive Branch of the United States (Federal) Government; not to be confused with the JUDICIAL branch is the court system, topped by the Supreme Court.  The Executive Branch person has to win, or steal, and election every four years, and then swear an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution — before He (or even, potentially, She) can then begin issuing Executive Orders to undermine it (further).
  • At least in my parents’ lifetime, the top of the LEGISLATIVE branch was supposed to be the Constitution itself, as enacted by an elected Congress responsive to WE THE PEOPLE.  So when the words “DEPARTMENT OF” come up with the word “JUSTICE” we should remember who is its CEO, which is the current President.

In 2011 I exposed how “Family Violence Prevention Fund” had altered its vocabulary to match is FUNDERS, specifically fatherhood-obsessed ones.  Family Violence Prevent Fund — probably not because of me, but as part of the onward and upward expansion — got a $250,000 (as I recall) HHS grant for a website facelift namechange, and some more real estate in SF.  Now it’s not just stopping FAMILY violence, but has expanded (with international focus) to provide (WHO?) with “FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE”  (How many futures?  Where do my offspring fit in that global  picture?).

Some may not know this, but of all the Statewide ‘COALITIONS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE” that YOU (if you pay taxes in or to America [USA]) — statewide coalitions get HHS funding, but the overseeing umbrella one, NCADV, doesn’t get one directly — and so has become a masterful marketer and fundraiser.  SOME OF ITS FUNDING COMES FROM A % IF THE TAKE OF THE HHS-SUPPORTED MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS (STATEWIDE COALITIONS).  I posted quite a bit on one of the larger ones, “PCADV” _- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence — over at Scranton Political Times — yesterday. Main Message Board, topic

Former Custody Master Peter Povanda loses license to drive and practice law” (I’m just chock full of information and insight over there, as well — ask the forum!) (Scroll down til you see tax returns and “PCADV”).  Context:   Barbara J. Hart (formerly of PCADV?) is now up in Maine.  It all gets various interesting, to see how the DV organization manage NOT to talk about the devastating impact of the PAS-driven family courts (unified, high-conflict or otherwise) and how they are setting up and expanding GAL (Guardian ad litem) programs which appear to be — in my opinion — in place to COVER UP, not STOP — serious and serial child molestation.  That study came from (in part) background lookups on a GAL whose fraudulent (TBA, but suspected) BILLING PRACTICES brought on a federal lawsuit (by a custody evaluator, no less) and the FBI.  We hear a grand jury is in the works, the courthouse has been raided.  Fascinating stuff — but the PCADV never ceases to amaze (me) and expand….

REGARDING NCADV, it has many graduated membership benefits and is a pretty smart fundraiser.

I have actually bought some of the (Mineral Fusion) body products which donate a portion to the NCADV.

They also run expensive conferences with even (since 2010?) a special “CUSTODY TRACK” (for extra cost) and at these conferences, various professionals can promote their wares and continue to not talk about the topics I’ve been blogging on for the past three years –and these groups should have, if they were truly concerned about violence against (women) mothers, children, fathers, and families.

I’d point readers to my comments on a fine blog by a noncustodial mother survivor of domestic violence who was homeless (through wage-garnishment) working FULL TIME middle class salary at the same time.  How did NCADV expect all us women struggling with feminist backlash in the family law venue to get down to their conference, buy their sh1t, including the ideology, and why should we be promoting it (without some commissions to help replace lost child support or wages)? ???

I tweet and caught one from NCADV recently — predictably there’s a plan to exploit Father’s Day.  (Did I miss anything much around Mother’s Day, perhaps?) :

Pixel Reveal Collage

The Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign is an innovative fundraising initiative that will raise US$1 million for Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) Malaysia & USA’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).

30 For 30 is a marathon blogging campaign that features interviews with 30 fathers from around the world about the joys of being a Dad and how Dads can help prevent and stop violence against women in positive ways. These 30 interviews will be published throughout June 2012 with one interview featured per day on The Pixel Project’s blog.

In January 2011 I posted, “what rhetoric are you?  Mother, Father, or Mediator?”  Whichever one, it’s usually about the money, and not whatever the rhetoric claims it’s about, in my opinion.
One can learn a lot looking up trademarks, when the helper organizations seem to be full of them.

U.S. TRADEMARK SEARCH FOR ‘DOMESTIC VIOLENCE”


Serial Number Reg. Number Word Mark Check Status Live/Dead
1 85551818 CADVA CARIBBEAN AMERICAN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS TARR LIVE
2 85551719 CADVA TARR LIVE
3 85416047 THEDVU TARR LIVE
4 85407790 FOLLOW YOUR HEART…AND CLOROX WILL FOLLOW YOU. HEALTH & WELLNESS HOMELESSNESS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL GLBT ENVIRONMENT SOCIAL SERVICES ANIMALS EDUCATION MENTORING HUNGER & FOOD DISASTER RELIEF CIVIC RELIGIOUS ARTS & CULTURE CHILDREN & YOUTH TARR LIVE
5 85093104 4005066 SAFEHOME SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR LIVE
6 78946268 3665187 SIGHLENT STORM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RADIO TARR LIVE
7 78647591 FROM BATTERY TO BRAVERY SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR DEAD
8 78588590 SPOUSES AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR DEAD
9 78473090 CERTIFIED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SPECIALIST TARR DEAD
10 78174358 NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER TARR DEAD
11 77710592 3895929 THE LODGE CERTIFIED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER TARR LIVE
12 77628255 3704527 DVCCC TARR LIVE
13 77571458 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 101 TARR DEAD
14 77556757 3626124 STEPS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR LIVE
15 77554577 3610656 ‘GENTLE’MEN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR LIVE
16 77350213 3484048 NNEDV TARR LIVE
17 77350145 3484045 NNEDV FUND TARR LIVE
18 77350141 3484044 NATIONAL NETWORK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUND TARR LIVE
19 77350071 3484041 NATIONAL NETWORK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR LIVE
20 77350057 3484040 NNEDV TARR LIVE
21 77339871 3522866 I AM MY SISTER’S KEEPER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR LIVE
22 77339797 3522865 I AM MY SISTER’S KEEPER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR LIVE
23 77172679 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – THE WAY OUT TARR DEAD
24 77076396 3367297 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURROGATE DIALOGUE TARR LIVE
25 76649985 3514530 SPEAK OUT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AVON FOUNDATION TARR LIVE
26 76536043 2888617 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOES NOT RESPECT AGE TARR LIVE
27 76531244 2839979 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOES NOT RESPECT AGE TARR LIVE
28 76381493 2730895 CENTER AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR LIVE
29 76337658 BREAK THE SILENCE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR DEAD
30 76270967 2634625 EMPLOYERS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR LIVE
31 76191622 2679785 NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE TARR LIVE
32 76080376 2618731 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NOT KOSHER TARR DEAD
33 76073962 THE INTERNET COMPANY PROVIDING SOLUTIONS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR DEAD
34 75679357 2554186 CERTIFIED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNSELOR TARR LIVE
35 75792998 MEN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR DEAD
36 75491821 2313324 PROVIDING A FOUNDATION OF HOPE FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR DEAD
37 75463916 2282267 THE PARTNERSHIP AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR DEAD
38 75463898 2286818 THE PARTNERSHIP AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR LIVE
39 75463056 2366864 SAFE PLACE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVAL CENTER TARR DEAD
40 75279065 2142801 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ANONYMOUS TARR DEAD
41 75138617 2129954 STAMP OUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TARR DEAD

Funny how trademarks are — like people who’ve been subject to “domestic violence” — in one of two categories:  LIVE or DEAD.
Almost anyone or any corp. can get in the game (maybe I should!).  Trademark for #4, above is registered to the Clorox Company:  “Follow Your Heart, and Clorox will Follow You” and only started in Aug. 2011:
Mark Image
In a trademark registration, the “G&S” (goods and services) section tells you what it actually represents (is selling):
HEALTH & WELLNESS HOMELESSNESS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL GLBT ENVIRONMENT SOCIAL SERVICES ANIMALS EDUCATION MENTORING HUNGER & FOOD DISASTER RELIEF CIVIC RELIGIOUS ARTS & CULTURE CHILDREN & YOUTH
Goods and Services IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Charitable fundraising services, namely, providing individuals with the information by which to choose charitable organizations and make personal contributions to charity
#11 above is owned by a shelter in Chester, PA (probably funded by PCADV, but I’m not checking just now):  their trademark:
Mark ImageG&S:  PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS FOR THE NEED TO PREVENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ASSIST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS. FIRST USE: 20080900. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20080900G
Registration Date November 3, 2009
Owner (REGISTRANT) Domestic Violence Center of Chester County non-profit organization PENNSYLVANIA P.O. Box 832 West Chester PENNSYLVANIA 193810832
The “National Domestic Violence Hotline” dating to 1996 (and heavily HHS funded) is owned by a nonprofit in Texas, “The Texas Council on Domestic Violence, Inc.”  etc.  Probably the graphic/words below is also trademarked.
Texas Council on Family Violence
They are going to hold conferences, yes?  here’s one:  a 2012 Statewide COnference.  Naturally, they are going to bring in someone from Minnesota (I think TX and MN must be sister-states — see my 1/2011 post on “Happy New Year…what rhetoric are you?” which probably points up Michael Hayes (OAG TX/Child support office) running north to a Fatherhood Summit in MN at the time.)
WOW — that sounds real official — they must really be helping women survive DV and stopping men from battering!
Well, the first Two speakers there show their affiliations and a description of what this council does shows, they are pretty much in all the same business — and NONE of this business involves Stopping the Family Law system from transferring custody of a minor child to his/her/ (their) abusing them and/or battering their Mom   . . . ..  Father, so at least mothers can exit violent relationships without having to commit human sacrifice of their offspring, which last I heard was an allegedly pagan practice that developed nations would find abhorrent (not including sending off youth to wars…).
THAT field was left open, which is where the groups with names referring to the crisis in the Courts, Our Broken Family Courts (conference funded by a powerful and extremely wealthy & influential Nicolas Cummings family whose goal includings mainstreaming psychological intervention to primary healthcare, and donated to set up Ph.D. programs for psychologists, claimed to have trained half the psychologists in California.  See my other blog The Family Court Franchise System, search for the post….)  OR names like “PROTECTIVE PARENTS’ or “BATTERED MOTHERS” etc.  In other words, there was an open market niche, which is being filled as we speak, and do not think for a MOMENT that these groups (or at least some of them) are lusting after the federal grants stream and their day in the sun also.  WILL THEY BLOG AFCC/CRC/NACC?  …. Maybe, I know I’ve helped (with a few others) force their hand — but it will be a censored and possibly garbled version of the truth.

(NOTICE THE MULTIPLE AFFILIATIONS.  MELISSA SCAIA also Associated with or trained by the DAIP, below) (i may have posted earlier on the org.)

Pre-Conference Institute Speakers (my comments in {{ }} or (( ))s )

Melissa Scaia,
MPA, Advocates for Family Peace, Grand Rapids, MN

Melissa Scaia is the executive director of Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP), a six-program agency that provides services to families experiencing domestic violence and child abuse in Itasca County, Minnesota.  As the executive director of AFFP she provides leadership to the organization, coordinates the Itasca County Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to domestic violence, . . .

(an Ellen Pence idea, we hear….)

co-facilitates a group with men who batter, and co-facilitates a group with women who have used violence.  She provides training and technical assistance as a consultant for Praxis International and serves as a faculty member for the Family Violence Department for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

{{This may explain why the NCJFCJ has no real interest in hearing about who their own system of judges is helping exacerbate post-DV familicides and help send families bankrupt or traffick kids through the courts, etc.}}

She has also conducted trainings for the Battered Women’s Justice Project, Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (BWJP comes under DAIP), and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  (SEE TRADEMARKS ABOVE).

She has testified as an expert witness on domestic violence in criminal court cases.

She wrote her master’s thesis on the effects of domestic violence on children and wrote her doctoral dissertation proposal to address supervised visitation services for battered women.

??? ???  I think she meant, for batterers — was this a Freudian slip?  Because increasingly it’s the mothers who are being forced to pay the courts to see children who’ve been removed from them and placed with the batterers!   IF YOU CLICK ON MY GRAVATAR, ABOVE, jack stratton, Ph.D., says it well — however note the heading:  He said it at a Duluth Abuse Intervention Program conference….

Just a reminder of some of the moulah behind this, per TAGGS alone (doesn’t include any justice department grants):

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
MINNESOTA PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, INC  DULUTH MN 55802-2152 ST. LOUIS 193187069 $ 19,901,530

of which the 2010-2011 gives a clue:

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2011 90EV0416  FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES 1 0 ACF 09-17-2011 193187069 $ 1,000,000 
Fiscal Year 2011 Total: $ 1,000,000
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2010 90EV0375  FOUR SPECIAL ISSUE RESOURCE CENTERS FOR INFORMATION & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 5 0 ACF 09-15-2010 193187069 $ 1,178,812 
Fiscal Year 2010 Total: $ 1,178,812

Ellen Pence and Casey Gwinn — Will the real Minnesota Program Development Inc. please stand up? (=one of my posts)

She has contributed to numerous publications related to supervised visitation and domestic violence.  She recently co-wrote a curriculum and DVD for working with men who batter as fathers entitled, “Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter”.  She recently partnered in completing a curriculum with Ellen Pence, PhD and Laura Connelly entitled, “Turning Points:  A Nonviolence Curriculum for Women.”  She has also participated in numerous roundtable advisory discussion groups for the Office on Violence Against Women through the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence related to: differentiating types of domestic violence, custody, and batterers intervention programs.  Recently, she attended a United Nations Expert Meeting on Domestic Violence in Almaty, Kazakhstan as a US representative on Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence.  Outside of her work she is a wife, mother of two young children involved in hockey and figure skating, a local school advisory board member to her children’s elementary school and a former United States Figure Skating Association instructor.

Scott Miller,
Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Duluth, MN

Scott Miller has worked for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project since 2000.  As the Team Leader for the DAIP, Scott coordinates Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence.  Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth.  Scott trains nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women.  Scott has also co-authored the new DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.


~ ~ ~ They believe in their product (BIP, Supervised Visitation) and that TRAINING EVERYONE (and a “Coordinated Community Response”) will work.  Personally, I wish that there had been NO diversions of TANF/OCSE to support my ex-batterer; he was already entitled enough twhen I left him.  I cannot think of a more STUPID invention than “supervised visitation” and the fact that a TODDLER got raped in one in Trumbull County, Ohio recently, or that providers have been caught in grand larceny, etc. (Viola Stroud, Dutchess County?, NY, Genia Shockome case) should’ve caused the leadership to reconsider.
Here’s what the TEXAS COUNCIL on FAMILY VIOLENCE says it is, and what it does.  Who am I to withstand such force, funding, and coalitioned expertise?

What is the Texas Council on Family Violence?

As one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation, TCFV’s membership is comprised of family violence service providers, supportive organizations, survivors of domestic violence, businesses and professionals, communities of faith and other concerned citizens.  As a membership-focused organization, TCFV is firmly committed to serving its members, communities in Texas and thousands of victims of domestic violence and their families.

Yeah, while there is a “Community of Faith” (Calvary Open Bible church) being SUED by six sisters in California, as we speak — for their pastor’s and CPS’ complicity in covering up YEARS of sexual molestation of these children (starting when they were toddlers) up through — for some of them — their twenties.  At least two of their sisters “told all” to a pastor in 1995, and in 2002 — and when the pastor tipped off the father that CPS was coming, they endured 16 days of torture before the visit.  No one talked to them without a parent present (gripping their hand). . . . . . Afterwards their Dad (like my ex-batterer father who skipped out on thousands of $$ of child support by stealing our kids, then later abandoning him.  So much for these programs helping INcrease “responsible fatherhood” at least in his case! )) — laughing, knew he was home free, and rented an apartment next door or nearby.  There, allegedly (according to this article) — the mother / wife (FAMILIES being the FOUNDATION of this nation, right, according to federal policy!!) — picked one girl at a time to go to Daddy and get raped.  Did I mention nieces also?

See yesterday’s blog.

I FLED a religious-based abusive marriage, and found NO help intervening at ANY point in time from ANY pastor over a seven-year period. I know other women and have spoken to women since, one of who escaped (fled) such a situation (not sexual abuse, but family abuse) in an Orthodox (I believe it was Greek or Armenian) family.  She married an atheist and looked very happy and settled when I met her.

FAMILIES are control systems, as are FAITH COMMUNITIES.   You cannot with as religiously zealous a “theology” such as Coordinated Community Response or writing curriculum after curriculum produce a lasting, non-brainwashed character change.  The best kind of character changes are those provoked from the inside in response to circumstances, including actual consequences for committing crimes.

These two words should NEVER inhabit the same physical — or ideological — space:  “FATHERHOOD” . . . and “MEN WHO BATTER.”  Men who batter can stop being fathers immediately, sending a message to future men who batter that these two activities will NOT co-exist peacefully!  Til then, transferring wealth to service providers will be only that — transferring wealth to service providers.

Which is fine — IF it’s not public money! Hey, a sale is a sale, but taking public money through income tax and redistributing it to stuff like this is wrong!   Look what this one does, which may explain why all the beautiful websites, conferences, affiliations and in short, things no mother is likely to have until this crowd gets “real” about the family court fiascos, which follow DV anyhow…..

TCFV’s three major focus areas are:

Support to Service Providers: TCFV educates and trains victim advocates, criminal justice personnel, health care providers, faith communities, businesses, advocacy organizations, service providers and allied professionals in communities throughout Texas and the nation.

Public Policy Development: The TCFV Public Policy Team strives to serve as a unified voice before the Texas Legislature on behalf of domestic violence victims by supporting the drafting and passage of laws that will assist victims and survivors.

Prevention: The TCFV Prevention Team supports the prevention efforts of local programs across the state and works to create an environment in Texas in which all can work collaboratively to stop domestic violence once and for all.

If it’s once and for all, why does the curricula read things like ADDRESSING FATHERHOOD with MEN WHO BATTER, both of which (present tense verb:  “men who batter” and “addressING fatherhood”) indicate a continuous, ongoing situation with no end in sight?
Get the idea?
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May 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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