In 2013, The Julian Center founded the Service Equality Task Force (SET), a group of service providers dedicated to improving service and agency inclusion for LGBTQ+ victims of domestic/sexual violence and stalking. This group, which includes representatives from The Centers of Hope, Coburn Place, The Domestic Violence Network, and The Julian Center, has been working to provide training and resources on LGBTQ+ issues to service providers in Central Indiana. The Service Equality Task Force has developed policy recommendations, procedures, and training material to address common concerns when serving this population.
SET’s goal is to train local service providers and organizations on this material as well as assist them in updating policies to include, welcome and serve all people. In order to attain this goal, we have created a SET Endorsement Checklist based on national research and best practices surrounding inclusiveness and training. The Domestic Violence Network will function as the oversight organization for the endorsement process. Once an agency has implemented each item on the checklist, they will receive an endorsement packet which includes a unique “Open for Service” designed to recognize agencies who have gone through the process, inclusion on the “Open for Service” app, promotion through media, and representation in the LGBTQ+ resource section of www.dvnconnect.org.
The Service Equality Task Force can provide staff/board training and assistance with implementing the items on the checklist at no cost. If you would like to discuss options for your organization, please contact Chris Handberg at email@example.com.