About and Mission


About KCSDV and Mission Statement

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is Kansas' leading voice for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV is a statewide nonprofit organization - and coalition - with the mission of preventing and eliminating sexual and domestic violence.  

As an organization, KCSDV 1) trains professionals (including coalition member program staff) working in an array of disciplines across the state of Kansas; 2) works on policies and Kansas legislation with partners and lawmakers; and 3) increases awareness about sexual and domestic violence. 

KCSDV is also a coalition network made up of KCSDV and 27 coalition member programs located all across the state of Kansas. The coalition member program provide direct client services to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence in their respective areas of Kansas. KCSDV helps, supports, advocates, assists, and troubleshoots for and with coalition member programs concerning topics and issues of: new leadership and board of directors; legal help and law; legislation; domestic violence and sexual assault work and social work; how to work with local law enforcement; communications; and more.

KCSDV was founded on June 22, 1982 in Topeka, Kansas. This year, KCSDV celebrates 36 years of working to help victims and survivors. Learn more about KCSDV's history, purpose, goals, and identified state of Kansas needs. (You can also learn about the national networks of which KCSDV is a part.)

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Purpose Statement 

KCSDV's purpose is to prevent and eliminat sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with a primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. See KCSDV's organizational goals

KCSDV Services in a Year (KCSDV as an organization) 

  • 106 Trainings hosted for advocates and allies
  • 3,610 People trained 
  • Over 2,000 technical assistance inquiries answered 

KCSDV Coalition Services Overview in One Year (KCSDV as a coalition) 

  • Over 25,000 Crisis hotline calls
  • Over 50,000 Crisis counseling hours
  • Over 50,000 Victims served

Domestic Violence Program Services in One Day (2017)

"I am going to be safe for the first time tonight."

--Kansas domestic violence survivor

  • 881 Domestic violence victims served (2 percent increase from 2016)
  • 453 Adult and child victims of domestic violence found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs. (9 percent increase from 2016) 
  • 428 Adults and child victims received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups. (5 percent decrease from 2016)
  • 240 Hotline calls answered (4 percent increase from 2016) 
    • Domestic violence hotlines are a lifeline for victims in danger, providing support, information, safety planning, and resources. In the 24-hour survey period, local and state hotlines answered 10 calls every hour (which is the same amount per hour as 2016, or a 0 percent change from 2016).
  • 337 People trained and educated in prevention and education trainings (26 percent increase from 2016) 
    • The 337 individuals in communities across Kansas mentioned in the statistic above attended 29 training sessions provided by local domestic violence programs, gaining information on domestic violence prevention and early intervention (61 percent increase from 2016) 
  • 221 Unmet Requests for Services, of which 71 percent (157) Were for housing (48 percent decrease from 2016, and a 29 percentage increase of unmet requests for housing from 2016) 
    • When there are not enough resources, survivors' requests for a safe place to live, legal representation, counseling, and other supportive services go tragically unmet–countless times in a single day
  • Victims made 220 requests for services–including emergency shelter, housing, transportation, childcare legal advocacy, and more–that could not be provided because programs did not have the resources to provide these services.
  • Across Kansas, 13 staff positions were eliminated in the past year (which is a 33 percent decrease from 2016). Most of these positions (or 57 percent) were for direct services, such as shelter staff or legal advocates. This means that there were fewer advocates to answer calls for help or provide needed services. (This is a 3 percentage decrease in the number of positions that were for direct services from 2016.)

On the one day of September 13, 2017, 24 out of 24 (100 percent) identified domestic violence programs located across the state of Kansas participated in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and facilitated by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). The 24 programs all reported their data and statistics of their services that they provided to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence in within this one day, the 24-hour period of time. (Thank you to NNEDV and all KCSDV coalition member programs!) 


Sexual Violence Program Services in One Week (2017) 

  • 525 Sexual violence victims served
  • 617 Hours of services provided

Most requested services included:

    1. Personal advocacy services
    2. 24-Hour crisis hotline
    3. Supportive counseling
  • 511 Nights of safe shelter provided to 73 victims
  • 145 Sexual violence hotline calls answered
  • 1,869 People educated on sexual violence

From September 11–18, 2017 the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) coordinated the third statewide census of the number and type of sexual violence services provided in Kansas during one week. Reports on the number and type of services were submitted by 100 percent of the 27 community-based advocacy programs in Kansas. These numbers represent a snapshot of sexual violence services provided during a week. It is important to note that these numbers can vary week to week. (Thank you to all KCSDV coalition member programs!) 

Organizational Goals

  • Build coalition among service providers to promote communication, support and networking to ensure comprehensive quality services.
  • Develop research and data collection systems that document the incidence of sexual and domestic violence and stalking and the availability of services.
  • Enhance and support the provision of services for victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking in Kansas, with primary focus on women and their children.
  • Conduct statewide educational efforts to inform the public, specific groups, and agencies about the nature of sexual and domestic violence and stalking and their effect on individuals, families and society.
  • Provide statewide and national advocacy for public policy changes that affect victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking.
  • Develop a statewide comprehensive prevention plan for ending sexual and domestic violence.
  • Confront and affirm issues of empowerment affecting women and children without regard to race, color, creed, age, physical limitations, national origin, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, marital/parental status, education and income.


In the mid to late 1970’s, domestic violence and sexual assault programs started popping up around Kansas. They were first established in larger communities and then spread out across the state into more rural areas. Women and their children were facing nearly identical issues across the state as they sought help with the abuse, assault, and rape in their lives; it was as if abusers had a “playbook.”

But it was also about system issues that needed attention. “Fixing this” was going to involve more than providing support to victims. We would also need to speak with one unified voice in order to implement critical systems changes that would ultimately reduce violence against women and their children.

In 1979, directors from domestic violence programs began meeting with each other and directors from sexual assault programs began meeting with each other. They each separately formed two state level groups, the Kansas Organization of Sexual Assault Centers (KOSAC) and the Kansas Association of Domestic Violence Programs (KADVP). In 1982, KADVP incorporated as a business, and the two organizations, KADVP and KOSAC, later merged; the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) was born. This year (2017), KCSDV celebrates 35 years of coalition building, collaboration, and progress.

More: Over the years, KCSDV as a coalition has grown from several programs in the state to 27 independent organizations. The organizations provide victim advocacy all across Kansas in rural and urban areas and with support of local communities.

KCSDV as an organization has also grown – from a part-time director in 1987, working out of a converted garage in Lawrence, to an established organization with about 25 full-time staff in the organization’s own building near the Topeka state capitol. Through the years, KCSDV has had formal collaborations with state agencies, other statewide organizations, and with elected officials.

Learn about KCSDV at the top of this webpage.

A member of the National Network to End Domestic Violence

Updated 7/16/2018

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