Who We Are
The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault promotes and sustains a collective movement to end violence and oppression through social change. We are a non-profit, membership corporation composed of 18 programs and two affiliate programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, offender services, and adult crisis intervention services. Click here for a copy of our 2010-2011 Strategic Plan to learn more.
Our Mission and Purpose
This corporation was formed for exclusively charitable, educational and scientific purposes. The specific and primary purposes are:
1. To provide communication and linkage among programs and organizations whose primary focus is the elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault;
2. To promote and support cooperation among agencies and institutions committed to challenging and changing the conditions that allow violence to continue;
3. To expose the roots of domestic violence and sexual assault in the institutionalized discrimination against women, children and those who are viewed as having less power;
4. To assure that the voices, experiences and expressed views of survivors of sexual and physical violence are a guiding force in development and implementation of initiatives to end violence;
5. To support full autonomy to community based programs so that control and direction of services provided remains in the hands of persons being served;
6. To ensure that funding for programs, agencies and services is sought in a cooperative and non-competitive fashion; and
7. To support a more just, ethical and humane model of social service delivery.
Our Values and Principles
Collectively, we believe interpersonal violence is the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others.
Collectively, we believe societal oppression is the abuse of power which systematically creates conditions that condone violent acts.
Collectively, we believe that the elimination of interpersonal and societal violence is most effectively advanced through: grass roots efforts of local-based programs; communities that hold abusers accountable; and networking and coalition building at the local, state, and national levels.
Collectively, we believe in individual self-determination, empowerment through support and education, and the right of all persons to live without fear of interpersonal violence regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, level of ability, religion or sexual orientation.
The Network was incorporated in 1980. At that time, there were five programs in the state dealing with issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. However, the programs were not coordinated, the issues were not significantly recognized, there was little funding available, and legislation to impact the problem was negligible.
Currently, there are seventeen programs who are Network members, a state agency committed to the elimination of violence against women has been established, funding continues to be appropriated, and the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault are recognized as serious statewide concerns requiring the maximum attention.
Our Member Programs
The Network has 18 member programs that provide:
* Emergency Shelter
* 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines
* Food, clothing, and other essential items
* Confidential Advocacy
* Legal Advocacy
* Support Groups
* Community Education and Outreach
* Rural Outreach
* SART (Sexual Assault Response Team)