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ABOUT US

THE VI DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND

SEXUAL ASSAULT COUNCIL (DVSAC)

OUR HISTORY

The VI Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC) was formed by founding members on each island of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John in 1997 to address oppression and systems advocacy. In 2013, DVSAC became an independent organization and is recognized as the State/Territorial Coalition by the National Office on Violence Against Women and the Department of Health & Human Services.

OUR MISSION

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 in the United States Virgin Islands. 

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Conduct educational efforts which heighten awareness about the extent and character of domestic violence and sexual assault, stalking and dating violence in the territory

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Improve the response of the legal system, service providers, and the media to the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault

OUR

GOALS

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Support the reduction and eventual elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault, stalking and dating violence in the territory

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Support and promote quality programs which empower victims and which hold all perpetrators accountable for their behavior

OUR TEAM

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Sheila Osterhuber

Executive Director

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Darlene Springer

Community Outreach Specialist, St Croix

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Tania Ruemmele

Fiscal Grants Manager

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Joycelyn Jacobs

Community Outreach Specialist, St John

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Kalyn Fahie

Program Liaison

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Jeanette John-Baptiste

Community Outreach Specialist, St Thomas

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Ms Qiyamah A. Rahman, MSW

Sexual Response

Team Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Clema S. Lewis

Co-Chairperson

of the Board

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William W. Franks, Esq.

Vice-Co-Chairperson

of the Board

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Delores Powell

Co-Chairperson

of the Board

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Annette S. Scott

Co-Secretary, St. Croix

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Anya Stuart

Vice-Co-Chairperson

of the Board

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Melbourne Adams

Treasurer of the Board

Melvin Boynes

Board Member