Wednesday, June 30, 2004

How Experts Use CAVNET

CAVNET - The Online Think Tank and Database of the Violence Against Women Movement

Enhancing What You Know and Who You Know.


Please visit for information on violence against women and crime victims with disabilities.

A Proud Ms. Foundation For Women Grantee


Ms. Foundation For Women:

"CAVNET allows experts and advocates to debate issues related to violence...., providing subscribers with a way to collaboratively address violence against women and children. Through its work, CAVNET positions groups nationally and globally to receive information and respond instantaneously."

Bonnie Campbell, Former Director of the Violence Against Women Office, U.S. Department of Justice:

"CAVNET has shown itself to be the premier online database concerning violence against women.... Not only does CAVNET provide timely and substantive research online, it does so in a way that saves time and resources. The busier you are, the more valuable it is. It's like having a research team of experts, available night and day."

Rita Smith, Executive Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV):

“CAVNET has been a resource like no other - an extraordinary online database of information on violence against women and an online network of experts and advocates from around the world, collaborating across disciplines.”

Sheila Dauer, Director Women's Human Rights Program Amnesty International USA:

"Amnesty International USA's Women's Human Rights Program has found CAVNET to be an invaluable resource as we learn about the longstanding and current work of US organizations and lawyers working to stop violence against women and also as a way to communicate with this network about what AI and AIUSA are doing on violence against women as a human rights violation. We look forward to many more years of excellence from CAVNET."

Colm Dempsey, Police Officer, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland:

"CAVNET has been a resource of immeasurable knowledge…. a family of people committed and focused on knowledge sharing and where job description or status has no barrier. It is quite simply the "think-tank" to refer to at all times…. You can be confident that the response is quick, informative and accurate. It's people helping people..."

Robert J. Martin, Vice President & Managing Principal, MOSAIC Threat Assessment Systems, Gavin de Becker & Associates:

"In addition to the volumes of material available and the networking, CAVNET also provides access to many of the world's leading experts who offer their advice and counsel FOR FREE. There are many consultants, advisors, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc., on this list who charge hundreds of dollars an hour for the same advice you can get via CAVNET for less than a cup of Latte a month."

Mike Brigner, Esq., Domestic Violence Trainer, Former Domestic Relations Court Judge:

"CAVNET is an invaluable resource... It provides an early alert system on cutting-edge ideas, and documents the best work being done on violence issues around the world."

Nancy M. Ryan, Executive Director, Cambridge Women's Commission, Cambridge, MA.:

"CAVNET gives me a wide variety of viewpoints from activist to academic to government as well as a rich treasure trove of ideas for enhancing or creating projects to reduce violence against women....The single most useful reference point for domestic violence and sexual assault.... I deeply appreciate the vision and commitment that underlie its creation."

Nancy E. O'Malley, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney's Office Oakland, California:

“Through the incredible level of networking, including the support and participation of people from around the country, CAVNET has become the premier listserv on violence against women issues. Through CAVNET, expeditious legal research is extensive and broad based. Important social and political dialogue is fostered, which allows us to continue to examine what we as a country, we in the different states and local communities are doing to respond to violence against women. These social and political conversations have empowered those of us working in this field, as well as those experiencing violence as part of their lives, to implement effective change with the hope and belief that some day, we will bring an end violence against women. Without CAVNET, these national conversations simply would not occur. CAVNET has brought together such a powerful, broad and eclectic group who, by a touch of the keyboard, can be current with the issues and have a national voice. It is those individuals participating in CAVNET who can and will create a world free of violence against women.”

Sarah Buel, Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Director, Domestic Violence Clinic:

"CAVNET has been an invaluable resource to my law students and me, allowing us to access experts and materials not available elsewhere. From CAVNET we have gained invaluable materials and contacts on a wide range of issues, from those regarding deaf and physically disabled victims, to state-of-the-art batterer's intervention program options. Repeatedly, I have found recent case decisions, new legislation and sample legal memoranda readily available either in the daily CAVNET e-mails or on the web site. Such materials have saved my colleagues and me countless hours of research and writing time, but more importantly, have allowed me to access information not available elsewhere...."

Susan Holt, Program Manager, STOP Partner Abuse/Domestic Violence Program, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Los Angeles, CA:

"Timely and accurate information is crucial to violence prevention, and in our effort to educate about the relatively invisible topic of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) domestic violence, there is no better online database than that found on CAVNET. We rely on CAVNET to bring us valuable information and to disseminate our work to experts, advocates, and the public in a way no one else can. We are proud to be part of CAVNET's international network of content providers and participants, and recommend it without hesitation."

Kimberlee R. Vanderhoof, Program Director Careline Crisis Intervention, Fairbanks, Alaska:

“CAVNET is a network we dream of modeling for our local community… CAVNET's database is the best available; a well organized, reliable and easy to use collection of information and resources. -- a must-have tool for those having any kind of contact with domestic violence victims or their families.”

Sasha Walters, Advocate, Quetzal Center, Chicago, Illinois:

“I have used CAVNET as a very important information resource to keep myself and my staff up-to-date on the various issues related to sexual assault. It can be easy to get caught up in local issues and community emphasis, and lose sight of the bigger picture. CAVNET helps me to stay in touch with what is happening on a national level by staying in touch with others that provide services across the country and the world. I also take great comfort in knowing that if I have an issue that is bigger than one that I can handle on my own, I have access to experts in various areas that are available and willing to aid me and the survivors I assist. This is an incredibly valuable resource to me, and my agency.”

Kathy Wells, Executive Director, Crisis Services of North Alabama:

"CAVNET has enabled us to stay up-to-date on this dynamic field with its ever-growing body of research and information. It has also allowed us to gain information about other programs and issues within hours, sometimes even minutes. …We cannot thank you enough for making CAVNET available to those of us on the front lines in this "war" against domestic violence."


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