The South Dakota
Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SDCADVSA)
is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their
children and therefore is committed to the elimination of
personal and societal violence in the lives of women and
believes violence against women and their children results
from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain
control over others in intimate relationships and societal
abuses of power and domination in the forms of sexism,
racism, homophobia, classism, anti-semitism, ablebodyism,
ageism, and other oppressions. SDCADVSA
recognizes the abuse of power in society fosters battering
by perpetuating conditions that condone violence against
women and children. Therefore, it is the mission of SDCADVSA
to work for the major societal changes necessary to
eliminate both personal and societal violence against all
women and their children.
work includes: Coalition building at the state, local,
regional, tribal and national levels; support for the
community-based nonviolent alternatives, such as safe home
and shelter programs for battered women and their children;
public education and technical assistance; policy
development and innovative legislation; focus on the
leadership of SDCADVSA’s
caucuses and task forces developed to represent the concerns
of organizationally under represented groups; and efforts to
eradicate societal conditions which contribute to violence
against women and children.
comprise people dealing with concerns of battered women and
their children. We represent both rural and urban areas. Our
programs support and involve battered women of all racial,
ethnic, religious and economic groups, ages and lifestyles.
We oppose the use of violence as a means of control over
others, and support equality in relationships and the
concept of helping women assume power over their own lives.
We strive towards becoming independent community-based
groups in which women make major policy and program
In recognizing that hierarchy is the root cause of violence
against women, we are committed to maintaining and nurturing
grassroots programs, organizations and communities. We must
never lose sight that this movement was born through
grassroots women who have been victimized by violence. We
strive to ensure grassroots leadership and involvement in
all matters, especially, policy-making and governance.
In support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, people from all over the state, various Tribal Reservations, and some as far away
as New York, California, Canada and Japan completed a 19 mile trek from Eagle Butte to Green Grass either on foot, horseback, bikes and one skateboard to bring awareness about ending sexual violence in our communities.