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About and Mission

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is Kansas' leading voice for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and survivors. KCSDV is a nonprofit organization in Topeka, Kansas and was founded on June 22, 1982. KCSDV works statewide with partners for the organization's mission of preventing and eliminating domestic violence and sexual asssault. This year, KCSDV celebrates 35 years of working to help victims and survivors.

KCSDV trains professionals and coalition member staff working in an array of disciplines across the state of Kansas, works on policies and Kansas legislation with partners and lawmakers, and increases awareness to educate the public and to improve systems of prevention and response. 

The coalition of KCSDV is comprised of 27 coalition members, which are independent organizations across the state of Kansas. KCSDV helps, supports, advocates, assists and troubleshoots for the coalition members 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, and more.  

 

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Purpose Statement 

The purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of 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 primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. See organizational goals

What KCSDV Does in One Year

  • Hosted 106 trainings for advocates & allies
  • Trained 3,610 people
  • Answered over 2000 inquiries (TA calls) 
    (numbers represent October 2015 - September 2016)

Services Provided to Victims and Survivors by KCSDV Coalition Members (Local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Organizations in Kansas)

  • Crisis Hotline Calls – Over 25,000
  • Crisis Counseling Hours – Over 50,000
  • Victims Served – Over 50,000
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Domestic Violence Numbers in 2016 in Kansas 

On September 14, 2016, 25 out of 25 (100%) identified local domestic violence programs in Kansas participated in the 2015 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The following figures represent the information reported by the 25 participating programs about services provided during the 24-hour survey period.

A Day in Kansas

  • 866 Domestic Violence Victims Were Served
    417 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.
    449 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups.
  • 231 Hotline Calls Answered
    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.
  • 267 Educated in Prevention and Education Trainings
    On the survey day, 267 individuals in communities across Kansas attended 18 training sessions provided by local domestic violence programs, gaining much needed information on domestic violence prevention and early intervention.
  • 421 Unmet Requests for Services, of Which 42% (177) Were for Housing
    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 421 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, 19.5 staff positions were eliminated in the past year. Most (60%) of these positions 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.

Sexual Violence Numbers in 2016 in Kansas 

From September 11–18, 2016 the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence coordinated the second 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% 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.

A Week in Kansas

  • 525 Sexual Violence Victims were Served
  • 617 Hours of Services were Provided
  • 511 Nights of Safe Shelter were Provided to 73 Victims
  • 145 Sexual Violence Hotline Calls were Answered
  • 1,869 people were Educated on Sexual Violence

    Most requested services included:
    • Personal Advocacy Services
    • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
    • Supportive Counseling

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.

Updated: 11/9/2017

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