Coalition Against Domestic Violence is Partner of Month

Coalition Against Domestic Violence is Partner of Month
The Student Action Office at The University of South Dakota has selected the Vermillion Coalition Against Domestic Violence (VCADV) as the Featured Community Partner for March.

The award is designed to make students and the community more aware of local service opportunities by highlighting an organization's mission, services provided, and volunteer opportunities available.���

The mission of the VCADV is to assist the community in addressing the problems of domestic violence. The coalition offers a variety of services to help those in violent situations as well as educate the community about domestic violence.�The VCADV provides a 24-hour hotline for those seeking help, as well as a support group to give victims of domestic violence a supportive and safe environment to restart their lives after or during an abusive relationship. The VCADV also offers services such as emergency shelter, advocacy, resource information and community education engagements. All services provided are confidential and free of charge.

The VCADV was selected based upon the services they provide to individuals in this community.

"The coalition offers a tremendous service to individuals in this community.�We wanted to recognize their work and the issue to raise awareness to the cause of domestic violence," said AmeriCorps VISTA Sara Shaffer.

The coalition is also in need of volunteers who can serve as coordinators for supply drives, as well as hotline operators, after further training.

"We encourage anyone with a desire to help women and children who have been battered to volunteer with us," said Sandie Sullivan, interim director of the VCADV.

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