Mission Statement

To coordinate education, prevention and response efforts in order to reduce the incidence of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence and to make these crimes socially and culturally unacceptable.

Goals

To accomplish this mission, we promote programs and activities whose purposes are to:

  • Support the reduction and eventual elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault, stalking and dating violence in the territory;
  • Support and promote quality programs which empower victims and which hold all perpetrators accountable for their behavior;
  • Conduct educational efforts which heighten awareness about the extent and character of domestic violence and sexual assault, stalking and dating violence in the territory; and
  • Improve the response of the legal system, service providers, and the media to these issues.

Our History

DVSAC began in 1986 on St. Croix, as a result of the first domestic violence conference held in the Territory. Since that time, we have expanded efforts on all three islands. To achieve our mission, we have:

  • Brought service provider agencies together
  • Hired central staff, including prevention outreach specialists
  • Opened satellite offices on St. Thomas and St. John
  • Provided training and education on domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking conflict resolution, and their sub-topics
  • Worked on policy and legislative initiatives to improve the responses to victims
  • Held annual conferences and seminars
  • Developed brochures on V.I. protection orders, safety for victims, sexual violence, and human trafficking
  • Presented DVSAC as a model at the Caribbean Studies Association Conference
  • Developed the People’s Court Watch Program