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DCADV Members march in Washington, DC
DCADV Members march in Washington, DC

Overview and History

Our History

Founded in 1994, the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCADV) is Delaware’s federally recognized state domestic violence coalition. Since its founding, DCADV has grown from a staff of one to a staff of nine and currently has an annual budget of $900,000. View the interactive timeline of domestic violence-related Delaware and DCADV activities below.

What We Do

The staff, board, members, and volunteers of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence work with our member organizations and allies to support the empowerment of victims of domestic violence and their children through access to services and legal remedies. DCADV also seeks to change the societal conditions that support sexism, racism, homophobia, and other oppressions and which contribute to the continued presence of domestic and sexual violence in intimate relationships.

Since its founding, the Coalition has engaged in a wide variety of activities that encompass public education, economic justice, training, prevention, and systems advocacy initiatives. It is through these efforts that DCADV is able to work closely with the justice, health care, education, advocacy, and social service communities in facilitating the creation of effective policies and programs that will serve the interests of victims and their children in Delaware. Learn more about what we do.

Our Membership

The Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a statewide, nonprofit membership organization. Our current Member Organizations include private nonprofit organizations providing shelter and direct services to adult victims of domestic violence. Supporting Members include allied organizations and caring individuals, businesses, and groups who support DCADV’s mission to end domestic violence in Delaware. Learn more about our members.

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DCADV timeline