The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working toward a peaceful society where domestic violence no longer exists. The Coalition was organized in 1978 as a network of shelters for battered women and their children, and organizations and individuals concerned about the issue of domestic violence. The ACADV serves domestic violence victims throughout the state through its 19-member shelter programs, and 24 hour crisis line for domestic violence.
The ACADV strives to:
- Prevent domestic violence against women by exposing its root causes.
- Ensure the availability of services for domestic violence victims.
- Expand services systematically so that every victim may obtain needed services.
- Help victims and their families rebuild their lives through non-violent means.
- Empower victims.
- Eliminate the re-victimization of domestic violence victims by individuals, organizations, and society through education and collaboration.
The ACADV's vision is to end domestic violence and create a society that is intolerant to all types of violence.
SHELTER MEMBER PROGRAMS
ACADV is a statewide network of community based programs providing shelter,
support, and advocacy to battered women and their children.
ACADV's 19 member shelter programs serve victims of domestic violence and their children with a variety of services:
- Temporary emergency shelter and transitional housing,
- Crisis counseling, individual counseling and peer support groups,
- Specialized children's programming,
- Advocacy to assist victims in obtaining legal remedies
- Referrals to provide victims with connections to needed community resources.
- Outreach and community education awareness on domestic violence issues.
The ACADV serves member shelter programs:
- Provides technical assistance.
- Coordinates state certification standards for shelter programs.
- Trains all shelter program staff who provide direct services to victims.
- Gathers and analyzes service statistics from all member programs.
- Assists in the development of Coordinated Community Councils providing a community-wide response to domestic violence issues.
- Coordinates communication efforts of the shelter member programs.
- Oversees the cooperative work between shelters and Department of Human Services.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
The Coalition offers statewide planning, educational, and technical assistance on issues of domestic violence, and provides training for:
- Volunteers and staff workers in domestic violence.
- Medical personnel.
- Legal advocates and attorneys.
- Law enforcement officials.
- Judicial system personnel.
- Perpetrator Intervention Personnel.
- Alabama Department of Human Resources.
- Other Service agencies.
- Faith Community.
ACADV advocates on behalf of victims of domestic violence through the development of legislation to strengthen legal protections to victims, the promotion of public policies that meet the needs of victims, and the pursuit of additional funding for programs to adequately respond to the ever increasing need for service and safety for battered women and their children.
The ACADV was formed to meet four principal goals. ACADV provides:
- A collective voice for battered women in Alabama and for the shelters that serve them.
- Technical assistance and sharing information and skills among shelter member programs in Alabama with the result of improving and expanding services for victims and their children.
- Planning, monitoring and advocacy to increase resources, improve laws, and heighten agency awareness to the needs of victims.
- Public and community education on issues of domestic violence, its causes and consequences, and social and individual changes necessary for its elimination.
ACADV SERVICES 2008-2009
ACADV member programs provided 79,036 nights of shelter to 1,868 adults and 1611 children from October 2008 to September 2009. In that same period, shelter member programs offered 69,633 hours of services to adults and children staying in shelters, counseling, support group meetings, case management, and transportation. Day care is offered for children staying in a shelter. Shelter workers and volunteers offered 504 hours of court advocacy for clients who stayed in shelters.
The ACADV member programs also serve clients who request assistance but do not stay in a shelter. For the 2008-2009 program year, advocates from member shelter programs provided clients with 43,662 hours of assistance.
In addition, The Alabama Domestic Violence 24-hour crisis line received 16,562 crisis calls in the 2008-2009 program year with each call lasting an average of 15 minutes.
ACADV SERVICES 2009-2010
ACADV member programs provided 86,189 nights of shelter to 2,009 adults and 1,786 children from October 2009 to September 2010. In that same period, shelter member programs offered 74,180 hours of services to adults and children staying in shelters, counseling, support group meetings, case management, and transportation. Day care is offered for children staying in a shelter. Shelter workers and volunteers offered 200 hours of court advocacy for clients who stayed in shelters.
The ACADV member programs also serve clients who request assistance but do not stay in a shelter. For the 2009-2010 program year, advocates from member shelter programs provided clients with 41,424 hours of assistance.
In addition, The Alabama Domestic Violence 24-hour crisis line received 17,005 crisis calls in the 2009-2010 program year with each call lasting an average of 15 minutes.