Community Advocacy

Community Action Teams (CA-Teams)

The GCASAFV Community Action Teams (CA Teams) are a collection of community groups focused on different demographics affected by sexual assault and family violence. These groups include the Elderly & Persons with Disabilities, Youth & Families, individuals affected by Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence in the Workplace, and those who will benefit from Community Outreach & Emerging Issues.

The CA Teams meet to focus on:

  • Youth & Families – Addresses issues and challenges surrounding violence against women and other vulnerable populations including but not limited to youth and children, immigrants, LGBTQ, and ethnic minorities exposed to family, domestic and dating violence.

  • Elderly & Persons with Disabilities – Seeks to improve awareness and understanding of family, domestic and dating violence and what services are available and accessible to Man’amko (the elderly) and persons with disabilities.

  • Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence in the Workplace – Addresses challenges related to sexual assault and domestic violence in the workplace.

  • Community Outreach & Emerging Issues – Seeks to increase awareness on family, domestic and dating violence and sexual assault among the underserved populations such as LGBTQ, ethnic minorities and immigrants.

All teams will review existing services, examine what resources are lacking, and discuss strategies to support a collaborative community response in order to better serve victims/survivors and their families.


Community Advocate Training (CAT)

Initiated through ARRA funding, the CAT module was developed in partnership with key coalition members and partners. The purpose of the CAT module is to enhance the community’s understanding of sexual assault and domestic violence laws and to gain familiarity about available services and resources in the community. The intent is to raise community awareness on sexual assault and domestic violence so that the community can be a directory resource for victims and survivors.


Community Advocate Interpreter/Translator (CAIT)

The Community Advocate Interpreter/Translator (CAIT) Project under the CAT Project aims to improve the ability of Guam’s domestic and sexual violence service providers to provide other language services as well as services to those who are deaf or hearing impaired. The CAIT Project also provides training to address the roles of interpreters/translators, modes of interpretation, and ethics and professionalism.