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Syracuse Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition

History of the Coalition

In 1986, a public hearing on domestic violence was conducted in Syracuse by the NYS Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence and co-sponsored locally by Vera House, Inc. & the CNY Chapter of the Women's Bar Association. At the hearing, battered women and service providers presented testimony about the gaps in domestic violence services and inappropriate responses by the justice system.

After the hearing, the Syracuse Area Domestic Violence Coalition was formed, to work toward changing the community standard in responding to domestic violence. In 2006, the Coalition expanded the breadth of its mission to include issues of sexual violence, and is now the Syracuse Area Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition. Staffed and administered by Vera House, the Coalition brings together survivors and representatives from a broad spectrum of community organizations and professional groups to meet and address local services, legal development and system-level change.

Click HERE for a list of Coalition Committees, or click HERE to contact a Coalition Coordinator for more information.

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