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. (Learn more about KCSDV's history.) 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 is coalition network of 27 coalition member organizations, which are independent organizations themselves 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.
KCSDV also trains professionals in an array of disciplines and in addition to coalition member organization staff working across the state of Kansas. KCSDV 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 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
- Find your local program here.
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
- 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.