Caucuses, Ally Groups and Networks (CANs)
TCFV offers a framework for individual members and advocates to work with others in Texas to network and address issues facing victims of family violence, their children and Texas family violence programs. Each TCFV Caucus, Ally Group and Network is formed by its own will and adopts its own process for choosing leadership, making decisions, identifying work and establishing criteria for membership in a manner consistent with TCFV mission and philosophy.
TCFV currently has seven CANs:
- African American Caucus*
- Allies for Children and Teens (ACT)
- Allies to Survivors with Disabilities (ASD)
- Legal Advocacy Network
- Survivors’ Caucus*
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Caucus*
- Voces Unidas
*Denotes that members self-identify with the caucus.
If you do not see a CAN that meets your needs, consider starting a new CAN.
TCFV caucuses, ally groups, and networks exist to ensure that TCFV remains accountable to persons affected or impacted by domestic violence, to provide opportunities for their involvement in TCFV and the movement to end domestic violence in Texas, and to create social change.
What is the difference between a Caucus, an Ally Group and a Network?
A caucus is created by members of an oppressed group organized to address issues of that group. An oppressed group is made up of people who are disenfranchised and traditionally silenced within society and the battered women’s movement through organized, institutionalized means. Oppression is the systematic exploitation, mistreatment and abuse of a group of individuals.
An ally group is created by individuals organized within the battered women’s movement to end a specific form of oppression. Ally group members may or may not identify as members of a group most directly affected by that oppression.
A network is created by individuals organized to address an issue or role relevant to the battered women’s movement through collaborative methods. The network format is a broad umbrella that can encompass many different types of groups.
To become an officially recognized TCFV Caucus, Ally Group or Network, a group must complete the approval process outlined below. TCFV will provide proposal information and technical assistance to developing Caucuses, Ally Groups and Networks upon request. For assistance, contact TCFV’s membership staff at 800-525-1978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Complete a written proposal including:
a. What type of group (Caucus, Ally Group, or Network) is being proposed;
b. The mission of the Caucus, Ally Group or Network;
c. The goals of the Caucus, Ally Group or Network;
d. How the Caucus, Ally Group or Network will operate, including the process for choosing leadership, making decisions, identifying work and establishing criteria for membership;
e. List of leadership and their contact information;
f. Number of Caucus, Ally Group or Network members; and
g. Proposed work plan, including activities, budget, and level of TCFV staff and technological support needed.
2. Submit written proposal to TCFV Membership (email to email@example.com, fax to 512-685-6397 or mail to PO Box 163865, Austin, Texas 78716).
3. Caucuses, Ally Groups, and Networks Committee (CAN Committee) will review the proposal at its next regularly scheduled meeting. In addition, a developing Caucus, Ally Group or Network may choose to present their proposal in person or via conference call. Additional information may be requested.
4. The CAN Committee will make a recommendation to the TCFV Board of Directors regarding the proposal.
5. A group is recognized as an official TCFV Caucus, Ally Group or Network upon affirmative vote of the TCFV Board of Directors.