The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to eradicate domestic violence and to ensure the provision of effective and appropriate services to victims of domestic violence through community outreach, education, training, technical assistance and policy development. The Coalition's principles and practices prioritize the safety and concerns of survivors of intimate partner violence, provide support and encouragement for the participation of people who are abused in the struggle to eradicate personal and institutional violence against them, and provide for a non-competitive atmosphere that fosters open communication, respect, and cooperation among advocates and those who are abused.
Since its inception in 1978 in Woodstock NY, NYSCADV has been a driving force in the development of hundreds of programs throughout New York State that provide services for victims of intimate partner violence and their children. As the only statewide domestic violence coalition in New York, members include all residential and non-residential programs in the state that are licensed by the NYS Office for Children and Family Services (OCFS), as well as a host of other programs in NYS and concerned individuals who share the Coalition's goal of ending domestic violence.
Recognizing the need for a centralized crisis response, in 1981 the Coalition started the statewide domestic violence hotline, now operated by Crisis Services in Buffalo, NY. Subsequently, in 1985, the Coalition started the first statewide Spanish speaking domestic violence hotline.
The Coalition recently celebrated its 35th Anniversary, and over the past decades, the Coalition has grown considerably to provide myriad services for domestic violence programs in one of the most populated states in the country. Because New York State's 19 million residents live in large urban areas, suburban communities, and rural counties, the Coalition has developed an expertise in providing crucial services for a very unique and diverse population.
The Coalition's comprehensive services include the following highlights:
Community Outreach & Resources - developing, publishing, distributing, researching and collecting comprehensive information and resources on domestic violence and related topics for interested individuals, organizations and systems.
Training and Technical Assistance - providing ongoing training and technical assistance through trainings, in-services, and conferences and through regular contact with advocates and stakeholders addressing issues such as funding, legislation, program development, service provision, community collaboration, program evaluation, public assistance, immigration, HIV, chemical dependence, mental health, the law and court system, social change, and cultural competency among other issues as they impact victims of domestic violence.
Public Policy - promoting legislation, regulatory and rule-making improvements at the state and national level; working with the court system to improve both the civil and criminal court response to domestic violence; collaborating with multiple stakeholder systems and organizations in policy and protocol development; and strategizing for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence at the state and national level.
Coalition Building & Networking - facilitating coalition-building on a regional, state and national level; participating on relevant statewide and national advisory committees, task forces and work groups; networking and collaborating with systems and organizations that work with victims of intimate partner violence and their children and/or offenders; and co-sponsoring events that positively impact the lives of survivors and promote social change.
Intensive Focus Projects - dedicating intensive resources to specialized projects and systems such as our partnership in the NYS Community Corrections Domestic Violence Intervention Project, and to prevent first time perpetration of domestic violence, support community organizing efforts, and set the stage for creating social change by providing resources to stimulate prevention activities.
Anti-Oppression - emphasizing the links between all forms of oppression and promoting peace and justice for all individuals and underserved and marginalized populations through training, technical assistance, outreach, advocacy and social change.