We help our community respond to domestic violence by creating opportunities to learn about effective individual and institutional responses to survivors, batterers and children who experience domestic violence.


We can prevent domestic violence by promoting healthy, equitable relationships. We help our community think about the conversation related to domestic violence through the lens of promoting healthy, equitable relationships.


We create opportunities for people who care about these issues to connect with each other and with other organizations promoting this work.

We serve as a diverse, inclusive organization to promote a culture of healthy, equitable relationships through education, conversation, and community.

Upcoming Events

Healthy Relationships, Healthy Communities

When: Friday, April 12 9am - 12noon
Where: Macomb Community College South Campus Macomb Room, J Building
Registration: Register at with the 5 digit code 70328

This seminar discusses the skills needed to have healthy, safe and fair relationships in our personal and professional lives; and how we create communities that support them. Participants will be able to identify and practice healthy relationship skills such as negotiation and conflict management. 


When: Friday, May 3 9am - 12noon
Where: Macomb Community College South Campus Macomb Room, J Building
Registration: Register at with the 5 digit code 70310

Consent has become a buzzword for those seeking to address sexual assault on campus and in the larger community. But what does it mean? How does it work? Why is everyone so confused about consent? Through a workshop approach, we will examine the concept of consent together through practical examples and skill development. Participants can expect to deepen their own knowledge of consent and walk away with strategies to better practice consent in their own lives. 

MCDVC meeting

When: Friday, May 17 3 - 4:30pm
Where: MISD (44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, MI) Room 203

Registration: none! All are welcome! 

Topic: The Intersection of Toxic Masculinity and Gender Based Violence with Averett Robey, Director of Prevention Education at HAVEN.
This program will discuss the messages we receive about what it means to be a "real man" and how the rigid reinforcement of toxic characteristics serve to foster gender based violence. We will discuss ways to redefine, model, and mentor healthy visions of masculinity that are rooted in equity and respect. Finally, we'll explore the role of leadership in intervening and interrupting this cycle in our culture. 

Averett joined HAVEN as a Prevention Education Specialist in October of 2015. As the Director he continues to coordinate and facilitate community education, professional trainings, and school based programs on domestic and sexual violence. His passion lies in creating coordinated community responses to eliminate violence and establish equitable and accountable communities.




Our Work


Macomb Community College

MI Network

Safe & Together Implementation Committee of the HSCB

Macomb County Strangulation Response Team

Reports and Protocols


"One of the best trainings to improve professional identity and competence. [It] created the sense of empowerment to make ethical decisions for the wellbeing of clients."

Participant in The Ethics of Responding to Survivors of Domestic Violence and Their Children

About Us

What does the Macomb Community Domestic Violence Council do?

At the MCDVC, we believe in giving people the tools they need to create healthy, safe and fair relationships within their circle of friends, family and co-workers. We use meetings, trainings, and workgroups to create a coordinated community response to domestic violence and to offer opportunities for professional discourse and networking. 

Our Mission is to develop and sustain a coordinated, broad based community response to domestic violence, to use all available community resources to eliminate domestic violence, and to support a comprehensive network of direct interventions and services for victims.

Become a Member


Our Team

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Carmen Wargel
Chair of MCDVC

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Judge Joseph Oster

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Anne Bicego

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Dr. Linda Bajdo
Board Member

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Steve Candela
Board Member

Contact Us

Get in touch to find out more about the MCDVC