Incorporated in 1981, the mission of the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to work toward the elimination of personal and institutional violence against women, children, and men.
In October 1988, the Board of Directors hired two Team Coordinators to manage statewide efforts to increase safety and options for victims of domestic violence. The WVCADV social change work focuses on strengthening public policy and securing community-based services.
The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WVCADV) is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence and to the transformation of social systems that support non-violence, accountability, and economic self-sufficiency in diverse family structures and intimate relationships.
To achieve this end, the Coalition Statewide Office (the Coalition) coordinates efforts in public policy, legislative advocacy, resource development, public information, training programs, and collection and storage of aggregate data from member programs. The Coalition prioritizes raising public awareness regarding the social, economic, cultural, personal, and spiritual impact of domestic violence; and works collaboratively at local, state, and national levels.
The Coalition’s fourteen member programs provide direct services to victims and operate outreach offices throughout the state. Direct service providers respond to the needs of victims on a 24-hour basis by providing the following services: safe emergency housing, case management, peer counseling and group support, information and referral, advocacy, and victims rights information. Each program’s service area varies from two to eight counties and provides direct services through residential and outreach centers.
By developing a strong network of shared resources and support, WVCADV provides safe space and quality services for victims of domestic violence and works for systemic change that provides families with options needed to build lives free from violence.